CW: When I first saw these I thought, "This is incredible." You mentioned the Starbucks idea - any Joe Schmo just sittin' in a bar or a coffee shop or a restaurant could easily pull out the cocktail napkin and a pen and illustrate these things to people with whom they've struck up a friendly discussion. I think it's something that, the more people who see it, could really catch on in explaining - as you say - the Christian worldview to others. It's a phenomenal method, and really, easily packageable to any regular person who may have trouble articulating in other ways what their faith means to them.

Ward: And that's the goal. That really is the goal, is to equip people to a) either think through their faith a little more, or b) communicate their faith in a way that's accessible. And if I've done that, then I feel like a success. Obviously that's where the conversation needs to happen - outside the walls of the church. In fact, probably the greatest compliment would be to find this laying around on a bar napkin somewhere someday...

Stan Ward is a teacher at The Brook Hill School in Bullard, TX, a non-denominational Christian boarding school with a three-fold mission: to provide excellence in college preparatory education, affirm the gifts and challenge the potential of each student, and encourage students to honor God through Christ-like character. Stan is also a doctoral candidate in Leadership Studies at Dallas Baptist University. He lives in Bullard with his wife and two daughters.
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Original publication date: March 3, 2010