Amid the levels of preparedness Christians can inhabit concerning evangelism, the conversational level is familiar to us all. We all speak to other people at some point and, after discerning the probable state of their soul, we can talk to them about the elements of salvation. But finding a natural place where that can take place is sometimes difficult, so to rememdy that situation The God Conversation was written. Learning how stories can be used as illustrations with spiritual applications can be a valuable resource in witnessing, and Moreland and Muehlhoff provide instruction as well as many of the stories that they use to make an impact on their audiences. The dozens of stories are short, well-written, and peppered throughout the text of the book, with frequent sidebars giving deeper understanding to the applications.
Think of It This Way . . . Our beliefs are challenged from many directions. Every day it seems more difficult to explain to our friends, families and neighbors what we believe and why. When our ideas and arguments fail to persuade them, what then? Is there another approach we can take? In The God Conversation veteran apologists and communicators J. P. Moreland and Tim Muehlhoff say that often the best way to win over others is with a good story. Stories have the ability to get behind our preconceptions and defenses. They can connect both emotionally and intellectually, appealing to the whole person rather than just to the mind. How do we defend belief in a good God in the face of terrorist attacks or natural disasters? What can we say to show we are not arrogant to believe that Jesus is the only way with so many sincere people following other world religions? What if they think we are naive to say Jesus actually rose from the dead? And when they seem confident in their right to choose their own ethical stances, how can we help them appreciate the value of a universal standard of right and wrong found in the Bible? The authors offer a wealth of penetrating illustrations, examples and quotes that respond to these issues and more. In these pages they enhance the logic and evidence found in other books defending the faith, with things that your friends, relatives or coworkers will ponder long after a conversation is over. Here is sound, empathetic coaching for those of us who long to communicate our faith more effectively.
J. P. Moreland (Ph.D., University of Southern California; Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary) is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, in La Mirada, California. He also serves as director of Eidos Christian Center. He has written, edited or contributed to twenty books with publishers ranging from Oxford University Press, Routledge, Wadsworth and Prometheus Books to Zondervan and InterVarsity Press. Among his books are (with Kai Nielsen) and He has also published more than fifty articles in journals such as and He is a fellow of the Discovery Institute's Center for Science and Culture.
Tim Muehlhoff (Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) is an associate professor of communication at Biola University in La Mirada, California where he teaches classes in family communication, interpersonal communication and gender. Tim is the coauthor of and . He and his wife, Noreen, are frequent speakers at FamilyLife Marriage Conferences, and Tim has served with Campus Crusade since 1986. They live in Brea, California, with their three boys. Tim has written about God, communication and faith in diverse publications such as the and .
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