I wish people realized that! Make the most of those casual, coffee shop moments. Mocking others, even behind their backs, destroys our capacity to respect them when we speak face to face. I appreciate the humility that resonates through the book, I don't feel Dale and Jonalyn are preachy but using a journey they are on to to bring us along side to break down barriers to the Gospel. What's inside the packages we call people? By this point my mom had lost all her hair. I think this is important in our evangelism.
I think Dale and Jonalyn Fincher bring some much-needed cultural understanding to spiritual dialogues, while staying rooted in the truth. This book is great at elevating love and pointing out the mistakes of those who take an overly legalistic view of the gospel but there seems to be a liberal theological influence present. They worry about not having all the answers, saying the wrong thing, or being confronted with tough or controversial issues of faith. In grammar school, I Jonalyn met Sakina, a girl from a Sikh family. In his letter to the church in Colossae, Paul taught to be wise in the way we act toward those who believe differently from us, to make the most of every opportunity by conversing in ways full of grace. By asking questions you open up the possibility of conversation and for the other person to ask you questions while honestly wanting to hear your answer.
However, my own experiences with witnessing have more to do with people watching what I do, how I behave, or with me just sharing what I know about God and of what He has done in my life. Publisher Preface A Coffee Shop Conversation Traveling in Tennessee, we stop for drinks at a coffee shop. I have believed that next to me sits an unbeliever who needs to be saved, and until she accepts Jesus, she is a danger both to me and others. There are as many different styles of faith these days as there are ways to order your latte. Chipmunks remind us of the way we used to approach evangelism, treating people as mission projects, scurrying out to them only to hurry back to the safety of our den.
I invite Jesus to come into my heart and be Lord of my life. That being said, I felt the authors, while condemning legalistic, judgmental attitudes as Jesus did leaned too far toward the direction of tolerance and non-confrontation. Regardless of how believers share their faith and love for Jesus Christ, there are many avenues we can use. Social psychologists tell us we make up our mind about someone in minutes—all the more reason to consciously hold our categories loosely over the course of a life. This unabridged audio download of Coffee Shop Conversations, by Dale and Jonalyn Fincher, will help you discover the fine art of sharing your faith.
A fresh perspective on sharing Jesus with others in an honoring and effective manner. The sections on tolerance and the difference between religions are excellent and very useful, as is so much of the book. Pleasantly surprised by this book picked up as a free e-book. The last section is Helping Friends Home, and deals with common questions and topics that might arise in spiritual conversations, because, after all, some topics are harder than others. May you continue to be taught and humbled by the humans God places in your life. Talking about faith can be uncomfortable, frustrating, and unnerving for people on both ends of the conversation. The seem to leave room for a diversity of opinion on the issue while perhaps believing in a literal Hell.
Standing in line, a tall, lovely woman with short curly hair smiles at me Jonalyn a and says, Great haircut. I'll probably read this again. I'm willing to bend in some areas but when the scriptures are clear, we've got to stand with the scriptures. They are intelligent people with well thought-out spiritual opinions, and they ask tough questions. Remember you are inviting others to Jesus, not to your denomination or particular church. How to talk about Jesus as a unique spiritual leader. Jonalyn Fincher, Dale Fincher If you are looking for a ebook Coffee Shop Conversations: Making the Most of Spiritual Small Talk by Jonalyn Fincher, Dale Fincher in pdf format, then you have come on to the faithful site.
If I sound like I know this style intimately, I do. On one popular radio show we heard recently, professional apologists tried to bully college students into conversion by berating them with the Ten Commandments and the question, How have you broken these? Who would elicit his judgment? You don't have to agree with everything in the book, but hopefully this book can open your mind I know this is a scary phrase for many Christians as we believe it will lead us into heresy, but remember that it is always your responsibility to take what you hear and learn, even from your pastor, back to the Bible and test it yourself to a less stifling way of thinking and broaden your ideas about Christianity itself. Why did Jesus want people to know the Father? By learning to cultivate respect and love for those who are different. After a quick glance at the overhead menu she asks, Do you live here? Spirituality is not merely about meditation, morning Bible reading, or church attendance. One honest friend admits that talking about his faith is like intellectual arm wrestling. There is no one we can't lean something from, regardless of whether they I learned much from this book about respecting others because they are fellow image- bearers.
It is a conversational book of apologetics and evangelism that encourages good questions and offers thoughtful responses, holding up Jesus and his work and not getting snagged in the thickets of so many minor points that obsess American evangelical culture. Does Jesus care about emotional health? Plenty to say, but there has to be a balance in evangelism. We hope you will customize your conversations to the unique gifts God has forged in your soul. There were parts of the book I did not like as well as others, and Part I was my hands down favorite part of the book, but overall, I thought this was a great, no nonsense tool for Christians to use for personal growth and improving relationships with others, regardless of whether conversion occurs. This book is well worth reading, with lots of helpful thoughts on how to have a loving conversation with unbelieving friends and relatives. We remain ignorant about the spiritual hunger of those we meet because we fail to get to know them. However, the same is true when love is presented with a downgraded truth.