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Connecting Christ: How to Discuss Jesus in a World of Diverse Paths


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What does Christian witness look like in an increasingly multifaith society?

While it is more important than ever to preach the Word of God, as Scripture exhorts us, it is also important that we dialogue with people from diverse perspectives. Unfortunately, too often the evangelical movement has been guilty of monologue in its engagement (or, more often, its disengagement) of people from other religious traditions and worldviews.

This book is designed to help evangelical Christ-followers remain orthodox while entering into meaningful discussions with people from other faith walks. We live in an age of extremes, where people tend toward monologue or dialogue: a cold turkey, drive-by-shooting evangelistic approach or a lifestyle, relational approach that avoids verbal witness.

This book promotes evangelism and dialogue, not one to the exclusion of the other. And as such it also promotes the need for thoughtful, sensitive communication during a time when our nation is reeling from the onslaught of the culture wars. The problem has not been our God or the Bible, but our approach to God and the Bible. As a result of our inauthentic witness, our God has looked all too common rather than as the uncommon God revealed as Jesus Christ. In light of this spiritual and biblical gut check, our witness in the twenty-first century will likely look very different.

As Metzger says, I want Jesus to be the stumbling block to faith, not me.

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johnwmorehead, June 19, 2012 (view all comments by johnwmorehead)
Evangelicals have produced a number of volumes on new religious movements (often referred to as "cults") and world religions within the context of evangelism. As an evangelical academic and missions practitioner I find many of these volumes of little help. Many are little more than brief descriptions of a given religion, many times inaccurate, followed by general suggestions on evangelism. Add to this mix a general illiteracy of basic religious knowledge on the part of many evangelicals according to surveys, and a confrontational stance toward the religions, and we have a troubling situation and a credibility problem for evangelicals.

Given the post-Christendom and pluralistic nature of Western culture something different is needed. Paul Metzger has made a valuable contribution to the discussion of religion and evangelism through this helpful work. It includes not only a description of the praxis and beliefs of a variety of religious groups written in such a way as the adherent would recognize themselves in the description, but it also includes the responses of these adherents so that they too may share their views with evangelical readers. This desire for accuracy in representation, coupled with a dialogical approach to engaging those in other religions is much needed. Dr. Metzger has provided a model for evangelicals in engaging other religions in ways that involve civility and no hint of compromise. This work is a credit to the author and his organizational affiliations, including New Wine, New Wineskins, Multnomah University, and the Evangelical Chapter of the Foundation for Religious Diplomacy.
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mattwoodley77, June 1, 2012 (view all comments by mattwoodley77)
Engaging & fresh approach to Following Jesus in a Pluralistic World

Metzger's book provides a very practical, winsome, relational approach on how to engage real people with specific worldviews. His approach allows ordinary Christians to enter into the world of Jewish people, Mormons, Buddhists, etc., seeking to understand, love, and respect before you engage with the Gospel. But Metzger doesn't provide a formula or a cookie-cutter approach. More than anything, he mentors us in how to build relationships with others us we seek to connect Christ to their world. The subtitle certainly delivers on its promise: "How to discuss Jesus in a world of diverse paths."
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Metzger, Paul Louis
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Christianity - General
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