Handing out Tracts…

by Steve Ray on December 15, 2008

screen-captureThe other day someone dropped a “gospel tract” off for me. There it was on the table. Curiosity overcame me and I picked it up.  As I read the tract it took me back in time. I wish I had a nickel for every tract I had given out in my former Evangelical days. But this time it made me sad as I read the skewed and truncated message. It was a sad attempt to discredit the Catholic Church and to promote an impoverished Bible alone theology and gospel of cheap grace.

Only Protestants hand out tracts, right? Nope! Catholic do too! But ours are a bit more substantial. Catholic Answers has the nice little booklet entitled Pillar of Fire, Pillar of Truth which is good to hand out, but you may not be able to afford a bunch of these and they are multiple pages — a great read for someone interested but a bit too substantial to hand out as tracts. The are $1 each but with steep discounts if you buy a bunch of them. They are great!

screen-capture-1But my friend Dan Grajek has made some great little cartoon tracts you should check out. You can see a sample to the left. They are small, simple, fun to read and very inexpensive. They are great to leave with your tip at the restaurant (as long as you aren’t cheap with your tips :-). You can leave them in a phone booth, on a park bench, or in the lunch room at work.

If you really want some fun, go put them on the windshields of all the cars in the parking lot of the local Baptist church between 11 AM and noon next Sunday!

You can check out these tracts here. You can get a sample pack of 25 for only $4.50. The world could use the message and Dan and his wonderful family could use the money. Enjoy!

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Duane Leger December 15, 2008 at 2:39 PM

I love handing out tracts. I make my own and print them out on card-stock. We recently went to a Christmas festival and asked people a Christmas survey and then led into the message of Christmas. Then we would leave them with the card-stock tract.

Patty Bonds December 15, 2008 at 3:58 PM

Hey Steve, I got two of the same tracts on my car last week. I figure that since it is covered in Catholic bumper stickers, they figured we needed an extra!

Steve Ray December 15, 2008 at 6:35 PM

That is pretty funny Patty. Catholics are obviously going to hell (tongue in cheek) more than every one else so we must desperately need the tracts! I found it funny that my old Baptist tradition believed in eternal security — once saved always saved and you could not lose it — unless of course you became a Catholic. Then all bets were off since your salvation probably never took in the first place :-)

Richard Froggatt December 15, 2008 at 9:12 PM

Steve,

I know you meant well and you were being light hearted, but it wouldn’t be fun to do that during a Baptist service. I say this mostly for the sake of your readers.

Hi Patty! It’s good to (sort of) see you :)

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STEVE RAY HERE: Actually that is how Catholic Answers got started! Karl Keating was at Mass one Sunday and someone came and put a bunch of “gospel tracts” on all the Catholics’ cars. Karl was a bit irritated and said, “Someone should provide Catholic answers.” So he went home and wrote up a tract of his own.

The next Sunday he went to the local Baptist church and put his “Catholic Answers” on all the windshields of the cars in the parking lot. He opened a post office box to provide a place for any critics to send their letters (before the days of e-mail). Karl was surprised a week later to find that many people had written…

… and they were all positive letters from interested readers. He was amazed at the response. And that is how Catholic Answers got started! And, I think many of us might be surprised by the response too! So, I was saying it a bit tongue in cheek, but not really.

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