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Speaking Of God: Evangelism As Initial Spiritual Guidance
Many mainline churches today have members (both laity and clergy) who find it a problem to speak face-to-face about God. This creative book offers a theological foundation, practical suggestions, and a positive model for sharing faith. Ben Campbell Johnson combines evangelism and spiritual guidance in order to provide a fresh image and a new style of faith sharing. He give ...more
Paperback, 188 pages
Published October 1st 1991 by Westminster John Knox Press
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Nov 06, 2013 Paul Dubuc rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Christians
Recommended to Paul by: Jeff
This book was published in 1991 but has much to say to the Church today. It saddens me that a book like this has apparently had so little impact on the Christian Church. The author's main concern is for the way that mainline Protestant churches, particularly his own Presbyterian Church (USA), had been losing younger members to more conservative evangelical or charismatic churches. This trend has been well documented and is still very evident today. Some of these people grow disillusioned, in one ...more
Ben Campbell Johnson offers a compelling vision for the church in fusing spiritual direction with evangelism. Looking to the majority of clergy in mainline Christian churches, he sees that they do not feel comfortable talking with individuals about personal faith. He quickly dispenses with traditional evangelism that seeks to sell someone on Christianity, resulting in "saying the sinners prayer" and then going on to the next lost soul. Instead, he trusts that the Holy Spirit is already at work a ...more