2.09.2010

Soularium

The question is not what you look at, but what you see. --Henry David Thoreau

I was on campus at Greensboro College last week talking to students about life and spirituality. We had a great time and were encouraged, so I thought that I'd share a little bit about it with you all!

We used an image survey called Soularium to begin conversations with students in front of the cafeteria. We wanted to hear a little bit about their lives, world views, and spiritual journeys. And the goal is to use the information they tell us in order to tie their stories into God's bigger story, the Gospel. So it is a very relational and intentional method to dialogue about the Gospel.

Basically, we have 50 picture cards laid out on a table. We ask each person a series of questions and they respond by picking cards that represents their answers. We then ask them to explain WHY they picked each card. The questions are basically: What 3 cards would best represent your life right now? Which image best represents your understanding of who God is? What 1 card expresses what you wish were true of your spiritual life/journey? Here are some of the common images I've gotten:








In under 2 hours, we had about 15 open, deep, honest, and frank conversations about life, God, and the Gospel. Many of the students were even very excited to take part in the survey!

I share this for several reasons, (1) to rejoice in what God is doing in the hearts of students across the Triad campus and even the world, and (2) to encourage you all to begin/continue to intentionally pursue the people around you every day with love and to step out in faith...ask good questions, be a good listener, and share the "good news" that Christ alone can satisfy your soul's deepest desires, because (as Tim Keller would say) you are more sinful than you ever before believed, but in Christ, you are more loved and accepted than you ever dared hope!

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