Questioning Evangelism: Engaging People’s Hearts the Way Jesus Did

June 6, 2017 | Comments Off on Questioning Evangelism: Engaging People’s Hearts the Way Jesus Did

Questioning Evangelism: Engaging People's Hearts the Way Jesus Did by Randy Newman

Questioning Evangelism: Engaging People’s Hearts the Way Jesus Did by Randy Newman

I don’t usually review evangelism books, but Questioning Evangelism: Engaging People’s Hearts the Way Jesus Did intrigued me as it offered a different approach. Randy Newman is a career staff member with Campus Crusade for Christ (now Cru), so engages with a lot of skeptical students in his work. He found that the old “tell them” methods of evangelism were becoming increasingly less effective. Thus, the birth of the questioning approach.

Newman uses a Socratic method of asking questions in dialogue with seekers and skeptics to get them to see the weakness of their own arguments and to move the discussion forward in a permission-based way. He addresses several of the key questions non-Christians have. Then he offers several sample discussions where he asks more questions than he gives answers. The questions are sometimes respectful, sometimes a bit more confrontational. His underlying assumption is that seekers are truly interested in a respectful dialogue, which I think is less likely today than at any point in my lifetime. I could see this approach working a few years ago, but wonder how it would fare on today’s college campuses where controversy is increasingly shunned. I also wonder if I could be as quick in my thinking and responses. It would definitely take some practice.

In addition to the usual evangelistic questions, Newman tackles some tougher subjects like marriage, same-sex attraction, who is going to Hell, and the ever-present excuse of hypocrisy in the church. Unfortunately, in these chapters, he offers more didactic teaching and fewer dialogues.

That being said, I like the book and the approach. It seems more natural and respectful than the Four Spiritual Laws method in which I was trained. This book would be an excellent basis for a small group, especially if in addition to reading and discussing the book, members practiced on one another until the questioning approach became second nature.

Bookmark and Share

Comments

Comments are closed.

Name (required)

Email (required)

Website

Speak your mind



  • Subscribe to our mailing list

    * indicates required
  • Events
  • Subscribe


    Enter your Email

    Preview | Powered by FeedBlitz


    Send To a Friend

    FeedBurner

  • Recent Posts

  • Categories

  • Archives

  • Related Blogs & Sites


    Blineluck


    Creative Community


    DreamBuildres Ministry in Motion


    Mighty Oak Ministries

    Q Place

    Small Group Leadership

    Small Groups Guy

    Thinking Small

    Wineskins for Discipleship


    Blogroll



  • Other