Friday, June 12, 2009

Relational Evangelism

I see a trend moving away from the 'confrontation' style of evangelism using the Four Spiritual Laws to a more humanising relational evangelism. I am happy about this because basically evangelism and sharing the gospel is about relationships. Here is an interesting interview from Christianity Today.

The Changing Face of Apologetics
Lee Strobel doesn't think the traditional methods work anymore.

The Unexpected Adventure: Taking Everyday Risks to Talk with People about Jesus
by Lee Strobel and Mark Mittelberg
Zondervan, May 2009
304 pp., $9.99

Lee Strobel has written many books—The Case for Faith, The Case for Christ, and The Case for the Real Jesus among them—that provide intellectual reasons, wrapped in stories, for the Christian faith. Stan Guthrie, Christianity Today managing editor for special projects, interviewed Strobel, a former pastor at Willow Creek Community Church, at the Christian Book Expo in Dallas about his latest title, written with Mark Mittelberg: The Unexpected Adventure: Taking Everyday Risks to Talk with People about Jesus (Zondervan).

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Blogger Sze Zeng said...

er.... this new book is like talking the same old and obvious thing...

12:52 PM  
Blogger Alex Tang said...

Hi Sze Zeng,

This is a good observation. Unfortunately many of new books published are rehash of old books published.

I believe there are many factors in this. One is the publishing trade. Publishers look for well known popular authors because their books sell well. Another factor is that book buyers are not discerning and tend to buy books from well known authors (result of marketing. A popular well known author may not produce good writing, I am sure you are aware of that. And well known authors are in demand by publishers for their books.

If you are publishing a book a year, then it will be likely that you will be rehashing your previous work for it takes time for ideas to mature.

1:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not impressed by lee strobel's books. The arguments presented seem to be internally driven-arguing from a conclusion. Much of popular apologetics seem to take this tone. Sincere seekers of truth deserve better.

5:06 PM  

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