EvangeCube: a Tool for Ned Flanders

EvangcubeIts called the EvangeCube and its the cheesiest evangelistic tool in THE ENTIRE WORLD. Beyond cheesy. This is the storytelling tool that Ned Flanders may have inspired. And when its creator Tom Doyle passed a box of EvangeCubes around the room last month in Switzerland, I cringed, and kept on cringing. Then he made us go through the storytelling of the gospel by opening and closing this crazy box with the kitch drawings of a 1950’s Jesus. I never stopped cringing.

Marc Van der Woude was there. Ever since he brought his EvangeCube home, he has been trying to hide it from his kids (unsuccessfully). I have the same problem. My kids discovered mine, took it out of the box, and have been playing with it ever since. They had to figure out the story by themselves because their Dad could not do it without throwing up. Luckily, EvangeCube has an online demonstration for children with reluctant parents.

The Skinny?

Well, the EvangeCube is the LAST thing I would show my pagan friends down at the local, but it is actually a big hit in the Middle East, where thousands of people have heard and understood the story of Jesus – AND THATS COOL, unlike the EvangeCube which is a cheesy tool that is aware of its cheesyness – even its creator called it “hokey”. And its probably hokey enough to be a collectable item one day when religious kitch fashion shows its funky head. Thats why, in a sick kind of way, I am glad that I have an EvangeCube.

Andrew

Andrew Jones has been blogging since 1997. He is based in San Francisco with his two daughters but also travels the globe to find compelling stories of early stage entrepreneurs changing their world. Sometimes he talks in the third person. Sometimes he even talks to himself and has been heard uttering the name "Precious" :-)

13 Comments

  • That was my reaction when I first heard about it. Glad it’s helpful to some people…but please don’t let them find one among my possessions when I die.

  • the Bible says something about God using the foolish things of this world… : ).
    I’ve never “used” my EvangeCube, but I think it’s cute. whatever, though, the news from the Middle East and India is heartening.

  • I boughgt one afew weeks back after seeing it in the xian bookshop. It was one of those “oh my god how bad is that” moments so had to buy it, it ook it to the youth pub i run to show the other leaders. we all had right laugh over its cringiness. But then a couiple of non churched guys picked it up and couldnt stop playing with it. They read the instructions and then gave me a presentation on “the gospel” with it. Maybe all the effort and energy i puit into multi media, interactive youthwork which is supposed to be so”hip n trndy” needs to be thought thru a bit. I think sometimes we underestimate the people we are working with. i’m sure if i had attempted to use the cube properly and forced the presentation on them i da have had my head kicked in by them! lol

  • I have an EvangeCube from last year’s CBA convention. My kids, like everyone else’s, want to play with it and I have had to hide it. It is quite the collectors item.

  • I used to work (don’t flame me!) at a “family”store. When these first came in, I was absolutely furious. It was (to me) the lamest piece of crap I had ever seen. I couldn’t believe we carried it, yadda yadda, etc…After having them for @ 6 months, a kid came back from an overseas mission trip (India, I think) and told me about the 100’s of people that had accepted Jebus because of it. It was a hard change of mind for me to have.

  • at the Kidz day at the San Diego Billy Graham-fest a couple years ago, they had a giant (like, 15 feet high) evangicube on stage, but replaced the pictures with the colors of the old Child Evangelism Fellowship wordless book. It was, quite simple, the single worst presentation of the gospel i have ever witnessed. i wanted to cover my kids ears. Most hilarous/disturbing was the new PC replacement of “black” reprsenting sin to blue, as in “you blew it!”, which the presenter said over and over again, as the giant cube got moved around by (ready?) larry the cucumber and bob the tomato.

  • Ok…yep I thought it was pretty lame too. However the week I got it I was asked to share the gospel with an inner city unchurched basketball team that just God done watching the Passion of the Christ. I used it to try to explain why Christ had to die. To a group of unchurched teens is was surprising effective and some of the teens invite Jesus into their lives that day.

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    Part of our commitment to being an inter-generational community at Opawa is “Take a Kid to” services, in which we all, adult and children, explore the Jesus story. We had over 190 people in attendance, including 50 kids, a good…

  • As amazingly lame as the Evange-cube is to the Western mindset, it is literally helping Christians win hundreds of thousands of souls to Christ! Call it cheesy all you what..which I agree it is, but there is something about using this simple visual aid that gets the simple message of the Gospel across to people no matter how educated or ignorant they may be. Personally over the past 6 months I have been involved in about 3500 souls being saved through the use this goofy little folding cube! Stop being so proud, pick one up and go and tell about Jesus with it boldly and invite them into relationship with Jesus Christ! Watch and be amazed! Its not the cube really, it’s simply a way God is using it to get people to share Jesus. Which is something we do too little! It’s all about him after all. God save souls and change YOUR life~ 🙂

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