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Finally finished the last chapter of this book - I had slacked off on it along with my blogging endeavors.

This was a great book, packed full of challenging and thought provoking concepts. The biggest take away for me was that we often enter spiritual conversations trying to convince people they're wrong and sinful by sharing with them an abbreviated version of the gospel. One of the main challenges of the book is to start the narrative of the bible where God starts it, not in Genesis 3 (the fall), but rather with creation and the wholeness God created all of us for. Ron Martoia suggests that instead of trying to convince people they are sinful and therefore need Jesus, we should start spiritual conversations where there is no argument - the innate things God built into all of us. He calls these core yearnings. The yearning to believe in something greater than yourself, the yearning to hope for a better tomorrow, the yearning to have purpose in life, etc - things that regardless of time, language and culture these yearnings are a part of every person. He suggested, and I believe he is right, that we can better point people to Jesus through relationship and spiritual conversations that allow for process and time.

He also spent a lot of time focusing in on what being created in the image of God really means and what being kicked out of Eden has done to that image. I highly recomend the read.

I also did an interview with Ron a few months back, you can read Part 1 here and Part 2 here.

6 comments:

C. Marie Byars said...

There might be something to this, especially in modern America. (Paul did something at the "Altar to the Unknown God.") A lot of modern Americans don't really think they're sinful. But they CAN see that nature is great, yet, somehow, still not "perfect." That can lead into a discussion of the "imperfect" and its origins.

Kevin said...

Marie - yep, there is a lot to say about the way in which we communicate the good news. We often focus too much on trying to have the answers and forget that living the truth is as important as knowing it. You should read the book it will light a fire in you and change your perspective on what you think of evangelism.

allie said...
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allie said...

The book sounds amazing - gunna look around for it here (S. Africa)

Funny, I would have given a book with that title a second glance if you hadn't written about it.
So, thanks.

allie said...

Kevin - where ARE you?
Are you ever coming back?

Ashley A said...

HI! its July.. You've missed a whole month! Where you at!? *tear

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