Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
“An introverted evangelist? Isn’t that an oxymoron?” That was the response I received when I explained this chapter to a 70 year old retired hospice chaplain who was formerly known for her sensitivity and gentleness. If the juxtaposition of “introverted” and “evangelist” does indeed result in an oxymoron, then it owes not to an inherent contradiction but to a caricature, a culturally distorted understanding of evangelism. In all circles, Christian and non-Christian alike, the word evangelism has an incredible power to conjure negative images, cringes, even guttural reactions. At its worst, the word is a window to images of hellfire street corner preachers spouting to passersby. Even at its best, evangelism summons pictures of animated extroverts armed with quick wit, apologetic skill, and the gift of gab.
Monday, July 21, 2008
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Here's another one I've been tossing around:
Peace in Quiet: Introverts in the Church
Good? Bad? Meh?
Friday, July 18, 2008
One reason we feel guilty about our lack of evangelism, and tired when we think about doing evangelism, is that we tend to have a very individualistic concept of our responsibility. Most of us assume that if we got serious about sharing our faith, we would need to build friendships, talk to strangers, have people in our homes for meals and social events, study the Bible with unchurched people, explain the gospel, call them to Christ and then follow them up. We think we have to do it all. p.55
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Friday, July 11, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
"This paradigm of evangelism is a barrier to Christians, for it leaves them feeling like they don't have a part to play in it. If they aren't extroverted, persuasive, an expert on their product, skilled at responding to the questions that will come up, and able to be pushy and assertive when it comes to making the close, then they don't identify with evangelism as part of their life and gifts."
~Rick Richardson, Reimagining Evangelism, p. 17
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
"First, this is an illustration of the power of listening. Knowing my friend, I'm not surprised people feel loved in her presence. She has an unusual capacity to listen with depth and compassion - more than she is even aware of. Listening well is a powerful way to share the love of Christ. [!!!!] Second, this illustrates the power of prayer. When we ask God to let people experience the love of Jesus through us, something happens that can't be quantified or easily explained. That's because prayer involves mysteries that happen to the soul." p. 110-111
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Monday, July 7, 2008
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Friday, July 4, 2008
"Introverts care what people think, so they'll be sensitive in their approach to others."
Mike Bechtle, Evangelism for the Rest of Us, p. 48