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Keep It Complicated

Randy Newman

I am sometimes told, when discussing how to present the gospel to a non-believer or how to formulate a sermon or Bible study, to "keep it simple." Sometimes the admonition is "to keep the cookies on the lower shelf."

If the advocate of simplicity elaborates, he'll tell me that, if we "make things complicated," people may get confused, reject our message, get lost in unimportant issues, not remember what we said, or fail to benefit from the Bible's teaching, the gospel's power, or the truth's beauty.

Have I made this argument complicated? Good.

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Randy Newman serves with Campus Crusade for Christ's Faculty Ministry in the Washington, D.C., area. His blog can be found at