How do people come to Jesus in today’s postmodern culture? Not by a mechanical, linear process of cookie cutter conversions. Nor by a nebulous spiritual wandering that never culminates in decision and commitment. Over the last decade, Don Everts and Doug Schaupp have listened to the stories of two thousand postmodern people who have come to follow Jesus. While their stories are diverse and varied, certain common themes emerge. Postmodern evangelism is a mysterious and organic process that nevertheless goes through discernible phases, as people cross thresholds from distrust to trust, from complacency to curiosity and from meandering to seeking. Everts and Schaupp describe the factors that influence how people shift in their perspectives and become open to the Gospel. They provide practical tools to help people enter the kingdom, as well as guidelines for how new believers can live out their Christian faith.
Speaking of Jesus: The Art of Not-Evangelism (David C. Cook, 2011)
Pulling no punches, Carl Medearis encourages us to examine our evangelical tendency to “win” others to Christ and replace it with a fervent desire to love others and recapture the original intent of the Gospel: to share Good News. The challenge before us is to replace our us-versus-them attitude with a “there-is-only-us” stance.
Church, know your place. Jesus-follower, know your place. Instead of being disconnected and dislocated; driving to church, explore how to BE THE CHURCH, with those where you live. I thank Paul Sparks, Tim Soerens, and Dwight F. Friesen for the life altering ideas of “embracing the limitations” of and “accepting responsibility” for my “walkable community.” What might transpire in our communities if every Jesus-follower could live this way?
The Artist’s Way (Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam; 10 Anv edition, 2002)
Blocked? Stuck? Discover the truth that discipline unlocks creativity. The discipline of the Morning Pages that Julia Cameron enforces has been a life-saving exercise. The daily writing, the weekly writing prompts, and the soul searching questions presented in this book have made it more than a book. The Artist’s Way is a life-changing journey. I can’t wait to start it again!
Telling Yourself the Truth (Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House Publishers, 1980)
It is amazing to me how much of my thought life goes unchallenged. Over time, these unchallenged, unspoken thoughts become a part of my self-talk. And, much of that self-talk is built on misbeliefs. In Telling Yourself the Truth Dr. Backus empowers the reader to own their own self-talk by teaching them the four simple, yet profound steps he calls misbelief therapy:
1) Uncover and Identify your misbeliefs
2) Write the misbeliefs down (journal),
3) Challenge the misbelief, and
4) Replace the misbeliefs with the truth (journal).
Telling Yourself the Truth has been one of the most formative books in my adult life. I am learning that the truth actually does set you free.