Mackesy is a popular speaker in the UK, particularly in the presentation of the gospel to inquisitive non-believers on the 'Alpha Course.' But it is the quirky ways of the talented artist that seem to disarm his listeners, and make him a highly engaging speaker. "Charlie appeals to people outside of the church because he's not what they expect," HTB Vicar Nicky Gumbel explained. "You know, when you have the sort of picture of 'the evangelist,' you don't picture Charlie Mackesy, and I think that's what's so wonderful about him."
Mackesy's presentation of the gospel is rugged and real, and his "unpretentiousness" makes him refreshing to listen to. The authenticity and honesty he demonstrates in his own life
Mackesy talks of his preconceptions of Church, and how unappealing they were. "I thought Christianity was: be clean, come to church, be nice, don't use the 'F' word, and you'll be accepted and
But he is not one for high praise regarding his evangelistic techniques and giftings. "I think he's the finest evangelist in the U.K. at the moment," Gumbel said. To which Mackesy responds "That's completely ridiculous!" His first encounter with God was true to his unique character - he was in a portable toilet at a music festival, when he heard a gospel song and started weeping. "In the loo.
Mackesy sees his art foremost as a way to introduce God to the people he loves - like "Prodigal Daughter," made for a friend who struggled with bipolar disorder. The artist believes that pieces of artwork are able to speak into the untold corners of the human heart, whilst offering hope and life for the future. "I think for me I was just trying to show her through imagery where, you know, to be held is something she always wanted. So I said, 'This is what God is like,'" he said.
Mackesy concludes by encouraging people to simply be themselves as they investigate the Christian
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