Don Wellman interviewed on topic of bumper stickers

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Don Wellman interviewed on topic of bumper stickers - Bumper Sticker Evangelism Booms DENVER (UPI) --...
Bumper Sticker Evangelism Booms DENVER (UPI) -- Two citizen's band radio operators were driving on an interstate highway recently and one asked the other on his radio what he meant by the "1 Found It" bumper slicker. The driver with the bumper sticker offered to pull to the side of the road and explain but Ihe other motorist said he didn't have time. However, a trucker going the other direction overheard the conversation on hisCB and said he did have the time. The two met, the car driver explained that he has found Christ, the Biblical story of salvation was told, and the Christian said he "claimed another sou I [or Jesus Christ." Bumper stickers proclaiming r e l i g i o u s messages have become common in the United States in recent years, but not ail ctwch leaders agree that this is a proper medium tor r e 1 i g i o u sexpression.Some stickers bearing anti-Christian slogans have appeared. Liz, Swanson, whose husband, Eric, is the director ol the Campus Crusade for Christ al the University of Colorado in Boulder, said sbe was "very" disappointe-d when she saw a young man with an "I Lost It" sticker on his car. "I felt sorry for him," she said. "It made me want to talk to him." Still other slickers appeared in ihepastyear saying "I Can't Find It" or carrying the Star of David with "I Never Lost It." The "I Found It" stickers were a part of the "Here's Life, America" campaign organized last summer by the Campus Crusade and its national president, Dr. Bill Bright, headquartered in San Bernadino, Bernadino, Calif. While enormous success was claimed by tbe organizers, several theologians believe it started a trend toward bumper sticker evangelism that has reduced the dignity of the deity. Don Wellman, pastor of Denver's First Church of the Nazarene, has hundreds of parishonerswilh bumper stickers stickers on their cars. But he said the stickers were becoming too commercialized. "CristianHy Is such an important life-changing ex- Church Founder Dies in Indiana Rev. H a r r y T h o m a s , the founder and first pastor of the Naples C h r i s t i a n C h u r c h in Pine Ridge, died last week in Winona Lake, Ind. Rev. Thomas is survived by his wife, Minerva; one son and one daughter. Burial services were conducted conducted at W i n o n a Lake w i t h Pastor Charles Wingo of the Naples church o f f i c i a t i n g . Burial was in Warsaw, Ind. perience," sairl Wellman. "It deserves the dignity that doesn't belong on a bumper sticker. The sellers have prostitutedthatust 1 ." Wellman .said he was "not afraid of polarization if the issue is worth while." "That is not as much of problem as the dignity of he said. "The bumper sticker advertising has degenerated 12 the point that the dignity is lose." He may have been referring to such stickers as "The Rapture -- The Only Way lo Fly," "This is a God squad car' 1 or "Life Insurance -- the; Jesus Christ Plan." All steady sellers at religious book stores. "The most popular are those dealing with the rapture," said Mary Still, manager of one of the five Bible Book Stores in metropolitan Denver. "Bumper stickers have been a reaily steady selling item for the last four years." (The rapture, according to Christian theology, is (he time when God claims his followers, both the living and the- dead, and calls them into Heaven, leaving unbelievers on earth.) CHURCH OF CHRIST 1450 Mandarin Road Worship 11:00 A.M. -6:00 -6:00 P.M. Sunday Bible Study Trail Naples church of Christ A Personal InviloMon To Worship Wilh Christians Study Jehovah's Word

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  1. The Naples Daily News,
  2. 02 Sep 1977, Fri,
  3. Page 27

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