Is not the heart of American life the coffee cup? When most of us wake up in the morning, we rather feel the day more promising after a cupful of aromatic breakfast coffee. And the way many employees in business tell time, of course, is not so much by the clock on the wall as by the morning or afternoon coffee break. Even executives frequently make important transactions over a cup of coffee. And it is not uncommon to see one lover gaze into the eyes of another while unsipped coffee cools. Students would flunk out of school without coffee, and the Navy would sink without coffee!

But what does the coffee cup possibly have to do with Christ? Much indeed. For one thing, it is over coffee that so many people come together, quietly relax and talk of the doings of the day. It is there they deepen their friendships. Coffee and conversation just go together. When people in our rushed and impersonal America become desperately lonely, as they often do, they hunger to meet with someone in the deeper dimensions of life. They are tired of the breezy, shallow and superficial ways so well-known to all of us. And it is the simple, common coffee cup that can often provide just the setting in which one may open and share his inner life with a friend. Coffee means communion.

Coffee Cup Evangelism

But again you ask, what has this to do with Jesus Christ? One of the deepest needs of the modern American is the need for friendship and inter-personal communion. He has lost individual identity by becoming a unit in the “lonely crowd.” He has found himself an automation within the machinery of mass culture, and often it is over so small a thing as a coffee cup that he seeks to recapture his identity. To put it simply, he is open to friendship and responds ...

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