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Penguin, thanks for taking the time to comment—even if you couldn’t find the time to read the whole post!

You should at least have noted that the post addresses a particular problem: the clash between a way of constructing an evangelistic message that purports to be based on Paul’s letter to the Romans and a narrative-historical reading of Romans. That is a real and extremely problematic clash which is not solved by keeping things simple. The fact is that if we approach the issue of evangelism from the basis of a narrative-historical reading, it appears that the traditional evangelistic approach really does not do justice to the central proclamation of the New Testament. I am not saying that personal evangelism is wrong, only that we are framing it wrongly—that we are missing the massive significance of the political and historical dimensions of the New Testament witness.

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