Recommendations for Outreach Resource of the Year

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A brief overview of Ed’s choices from Outreach Magazine’s Resource of the Year.

Each of the last few years, our team and I partner with Outreach Magazine to look through many resources on evangelism and apologetics. Once they have announced, I like to share a bit more here at The Exchange.

This year, I commended the following two books:

1.How to Talk About Jesus Without Being That Guy: Personal Evangelism in a Skeptical World by Sam Chan.

Sam Chan offers wise and practical advice on sharing Christ in our ever-changing, post-Christian world. Using pertinent biblical texts, encouraging real-life examples, and sociological and cultural information, Chan offers the reader a helpful way both to think about evangelism today and how to practice it. He writes with confidence in the gospel and personal humility. Building his content around eight “tips,” Chan’s approach is applicable for a pastor or layperson, for a church or individual, and for global contexts (his is Australia) and for the United States.

For example, tip 2, “Go to their things and they will come to your things,” Chan describes being supportive of events that matter to unchurched friends. He shares a number of examples where friends and neighbors of he and his wife attended church after they attended events of their friends. This is a book a person can read and immediately begin to implement the ideas.

2. SENT: Living a Life That Invites Others to Jesusby Heather Holleman and Ashley Holleman.

The Holleman’s work with Cru in Pennsylvania, where Heather teaches English at Penn State. This book offers numerous examples of how to make the shift to living as a sent person or family. A particularly helpful aspect of this book flows out of the married couple who wrote it: husband Ashley is the introvert, whereas wife Heather is …

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