Suggestions for Outreach Useful resource of the Yr | The alternate
Over the past several years, our team and I have reviewed many evangelism and apologetic resources with Outreach Magazine. Once they announce, I'd like to share a little more here at The Exchange.
This year I have commended the following two books:
1. How to Talk About Jesus Without Being This Guy: Personal Evangelism in a Skeptical World by Sam Chan.
Sam Chan offers wise, practical advice on sharing Christ in our ever-changing post-Christian world. With relevant biblical texts, encouraging real-life examples, and sociological and cultural information, Chan provides a helpful way for readers to reflect on and practice evangelism today. He writes with confidence in the gospel and personal humility. Chan's approach is based on eight "tips" and applies to a pastor or layperson, a church or an individual, as well as in global contexts (he is Australia) and the United States.
For example tip 2: "Go to their belongings and they will come to your belongings". Chan describes how he supports events that are important to non-church friends. He shares a number of examples of his and his wife's friends and neighbors visiting church after attending their friends' events. This is a book that a person can read and immediately start putting the ideas into practice.
2. SENT: Living a life that invites others to join Jesusby Heather Holleman and Ashley Holleman.
Holleman's work with Cru in Pennsylvania, where Heather teaches English at Penn State. This book provides numerous examples of transitioning to life as a sent person or family. One particularly helpful aspect of this book comes from the couple who wrote it: Husband Ashley is introverted while wife Heather is extroverted. Readers of both personalities can gain immediate and useful insights by honestly retelling their strengths and weaknesses.
As practical and helpful as Sent is, it is not fundamentally about how to practice evangelism, but about understanding your own identity as a sent person. A series of accounts of people won for Christ in the context of the Holleman sent life bring to life the reality of this important idea.
We have also proposed two "Additional Recommendations".
1. Reclaimed: How Jesus restores our humanity in a dehumanized world by Andy Steiger with Sherry Hiebert.
Steiger offers a fascinating and helpful look at how dehumanizing people contribute to outrage and division in our world, while seeing people as human beings created in God's image completely changes the way we see others.
2. Telling a Better Story: How to Talk about God in a Skeptical Age by Joshua D. Chatraw.
Chatraw's book brings together apologetics and biblical history in a way that gives confidence to the believer and helps testify and defend the faith of others.