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What am I reading you ask?  Well I am glad you asked. 

 

I am reading Questioning Evangelism by Randy Newman.   It is a fresh look at the great task and seeks to propose a slightly different way of looking at the matter.  It is a great encouragement to me as I seek for the Lord to help me in my weak evangelism.  I want to share a few excerpts and hope they encourage you as well.

 

“Once a team of skeptics confronted me.  It was during a weekly Bible study for freshmen guys that we held in a student’s dorm room.  The host of the study, in whose room we were meeting, had been telling us for weeks of his roommate’s antagonistic questions.  This week, the roommate showed up – along with a handful of like-minded friends.

The frequently asked question of exclusivity arose, more an attack than a sincere inquiry.  ‘So, I suppose you think all those sincere followers of other religions are going to hell!’

‘Do you believe in hell?’ I responded.

He appeared as if he’d never seriously considered the possibility.  He looked so puzzled, perhaps because he was being challenged when he thought that he was doing the challenging.  After a long silence, he said, ‘No. I don’t believe in hell.  I think it’s ridiculous.

Echoing his word choice, I said, ‘Well, then why are you asking me such a ridiculous question?

. . .

The silence was broken by another questioner, who chimed in, ‘Well, I do believe in hell.  Do you think everyone who disagrees with you is going there?

I asked, ‘Do you think anyone goes there?’ . . .  ”

 

It goes on from there.  The author uses this story to show that many times answering questions with questions can be more effective.  I find it gives dignity to all parties and shows that you are taking their responses seriously.  As for myself, I have found it enlightening and am working on incorporating it into my life. 

 

-Steven