Finding Common Ground
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Sowing the seed of the Gospel and harvesting the resultant crop are two important concerns for all Christians. Tim Downs emphasizes the sowing aspect in Finding Common Ground without downplaying the importance of harvesting. We live in a country and a world very different from the generations of the early and mid-1900s, and being aware of the differences can make us ready for the challenges of our day.
The biblical model for preaching the Gospel has two branches, both important and necessary for the spread of the Good News. While clearly a supporter of harvesting, Downs believes that this can only be accomplished fully after the seed of truth has been sown in the good soil. Downs marks out cultural indicators that should inform the individual Christian to whether harvesting or sowing, and, since the cultural indicators point towards a less receptive populace at this time, he advocates and illustrates the sowing perspective at this time in America's history.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: Moody Publishers
Publication Date: 1999
Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)
ISBN: 0802440967
ISBN-13: 9780802440969

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Publisher's Description

"In more than twenty-five years of ministry and communicating, I have never heard a more concise, graphic, and articulate communicator. Tim is a man of integrity and a man committed to making an impact for Christ in his world." — Stu Weber, pastor and author


In a world that's growing more hostile to the gospel, what can Christians do? How can we communicate with our unbelieving friends and coworkers in a way that won't seem pushy, intolerant, or judgmental? In a world that's heard it all before and no longer seems to care, where do we begin?

By sowing.

In Finding Common Ground, Tim Downs reminds us of the forgotten biblical art of sowing and shows us practical and effective ways to:

  • Bring up spiritual subjects with busy and distracted people
  • Use secular movies and books to talk about biblical ideas
  • Overcome prejudice and stereotypes in our listeners
  • Keep open doors of communication with even hostile opponents
  • Move everyone we meet a step closer to the gospel

Author Bio

TIM DOWNS is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Indiana University in Graphic Design. After graduation in 1976 he created a comic strip, Downstown, which was syndicated by Universal Press Syndicate. His cartooning has appeared in more than a hundred newspapers worldwide. In 1979 he joined the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ, where he founded and directed the Communication Center, a communication training facility. He continues to serve as a speaker and writer. He and his wife, Joy, have spoken at FamilyLife Marriage and Parenting Conferences since 1985. He is author of First the Dead, Less Than Dead, Chop Shop, Head Game, Plague Maker, Shoo Fly Pie, and Finding Common Ground, which was awarded the Gold Medallion Award in 2000. He is also co-author of Fight Fair and The Seven Conflicts: Resolving the Most Common Disagreements in Marriage along with his wife Joy. Tim lives in Cary, North Carolina, with his wife and three children.

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  1. Eli Ortiz
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    February 14, 2008
    Eli Ortiz
    Great book! an untraditional way of approaching those who don't know about what the gospel is really about. thanks Mr. Downs for bringing truth to my traditional ways, now I can sow and reap wisely
  2. Steve Barke
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    April 17, 2002
    Steve Barke
    Powerful challenge to the church to be in the world but not of it; To live in light of eternity and still think in terms of the here and now. Loving your neighbor means to engage them in real life thoughtfully, respectfully and purposefully. What a refreshing book!
  3. Michael Lagoski
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    October 4, 2000
    Michael Lagoski
    Tim Downs has clearly shown the church what needs to happen if she wants to reach the "unchurched". Evangelism isn't for the professional staff, it's for everyone. Tim has sounded a wake up call to all of us!!
  4. B. McComas
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    June 19, 2000
    B. McComas
    Tim Downs does a great job in communicating what it will take to Artfully sow the Gospel to this generation. It's a must read for everyone interested in reaching those outside the 'church' culture.
  5. R Mills
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    April 18, 2000
    R Mills
    Incredible insight into what it takes to reach people for Christ today. A wake up call for the church. Read this book!
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