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Saturday, July 29, 2006

A (brief) meditation on Evangelism

In his recent book, Sharing Your Faith With Friends and Family, Michael Green says,

One of the things we need to do if we are to help people to Christ is to puncture the apathy about ultimate issues, the cocoon of surface happiness with which our friends tend to protect themselves.

I think this is really key. This type of thing is demonstrated in so many different ways. It could be partying, excessive dating, acting as if nothing bothers you, or embracing the contradiction of moral relativism. Green says that a great way to puncture the proverbial cocoon is to ask a question - an unloaded one. But if I expect someone to answer my question I must first demonstrate sensitivity and transparency. I need to learn how to facilitate real give-and-take in the discussion instead of just pontificating about God.

The new Voice CD opens with a talk by Josh Harris. In it he says that the gospel is vulnerable. I think this is true in the sense that we can severly misrepresent the Bible and its message by the way we handle it. The million dollar question is: Can I present the gospel with enthusiasm and urgency without being pushy or hard and also be vulnerable myself?

9 Comments:

Blogger Lydia said...

hmm...i think you'd like the book

Questioning Evangelism by Randy Newman...

remind me to loan you my copy the next time you're here.

5:11 PM  
Anonymous Nagoda said...

Randy Newman? As in that annoying piano player who did the songs for Toy Story and who's been mocked on Family Guy I don't know how many times? Oh Randy, I'm so glad you've given up your piano playing ;) just joking guys, you know me

-Nagoda

7:08 PM  
Blogger Son of Man said...

good times

7:40 PM  
Blogger amac said...

a different randy mike.
lemme know when i can borrow that ev book JR

9:03 PM  
Anonymous Rebecca said...

Hey that was a great entry. Very profound and relevant. I'm so glad I stopped by.

9:23 PM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

just made a blog spot of my own.

10:15 PM  
Anonymous Nagoda said...

Oh i know it was a different randy, i was just being ridiculous... as always (ive got to learn to stop being so ridiculous... or maybe its inherent in me blood... oh no... the horror, what will we ever do...)

-Nagoda

10:07 AM  
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