October 12, 1997
Evangelism on campus
An interview with "Mad" Max LynchBy Scott Tibbs
You see him often on campus, passing out literature on what the Bible teaches or preaching in the meadow between Ballantine and Woodburn Hall. Sometimes he draws a crowd, and that crowd ranges from interested listeners to rude hecklers. But no matter what you think of him, you cannot ignore Max Lynch.
In twenty-three years of campus evangelism, Lynch has become somewhat of an icon on the I.U. campus as well as other campuses throughout the state. He travels all over Indiana looking to spread the Gospel. Many times you will see him in ice-cold weather, in the rain, or in baking sunlight, still pressing on to spread the word. Lynch is apparently very dedicated to what he does.
On February 16, 1974, Lynch was fired from his job as a college professor, for reading his Bible in class. He was fired first for actually reading the Bible, and second for refusing to stop. At that point, he went into campus ministry full time, calling it a "promotion" to being a "full-time servant of God". Later, he sued on First Amendment grounds, and was defeated in three state courts before being denied a hearing by the Supreme Court. He has had several ministries, via pamphlets, radio, and to the U.S. Congress.
What follows is an interview with the campus evangelist they call "Mad Max."
Hoosier Review: How were you called to preach the Gospel?
HR: Are you bothered by the hecklers that attempt to disrupt you, or by
the negative press you get?
HR: How effective do you think your ministry has been?
HR: Many Bible scholars believe the Second Coming is just around the
corner. How close do you believe it is?
HR: Do you work with the other campus ministers?
Additional articles in this issue:A poem by Kirsten Lammlein