I Once Was Lost: What Postmodern Skeptics Taught Us about Their Path to Jesus (IVP Books, 2008)

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.

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  • Kacie Meyer

    “from distrust to trust from complacency to curiosity and from meandering to seeking.” When are the times in your life that you have made these transitions?

    • Thanks for your question, Kacie. Within my journey as a Jesus-follower I certainly have made these three transitions. The authors here in “I Once Was Lost” are describing the barriers those who have yet to believe need to overcome to believe: From distrusting Christians to trusting them, from being complacent about Jesus and Christianity to becoming curious, and from randomly meandering in their search for truth to a purposeful seeking out answers to important questions. How do you recognize these shifts in people you know who are yet to believe? Are there identifying signals for each of these shifts?

      • Kacie Meyer

        I think the key is questions. Both in my own life and others that I have walked alongside when questions start getting asked these transitions are beginning to take place.

        • At the very least, questions show that the move from distrust to trust is starting to happen. Questions can also show curiosity. Depending on the tone of the question, it could also show a move from meandering to true seeking. Excellent awareness, Kacie.