Are you listening?

Over the past 8 months, people have been doing a lot of talking. From Ferguson to Baltimore, there have been a wide variety of opinions about what happened, what should have happened, how people should react, and how people should not react. Now you may have friends or people in your social media sphere that have been directly involved with has been happening around America since Ferguson, but aside from one friend who has participated in a protest, I don’t follow anyone who is or was closely involved to any of the recent events. That being said, my feeds have been filled with commentary on whatever the most current event is. On top of that the majority of the people in my social media feeds are white. Continue reading

Learning to Share the Gospel from an Atheist

41iXSIbKj8LWhen I was in college, I read Jim & Casper Go to Church. If you’re not familiar with the book, Jim Henderson hires an atheist, Matt Casper, to travel the country with him to evaluate various churches. Jim did this because he was interested in the unfiltered opinion of someone who is not a Christian. What would the atheist think about Church? One Casper’s frequent questions was, “Is this really what Jesus told you to do?”

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After reading this book, most people wanted to know if  Casper ever got saved. From that question, Jim and Casper wrote a sequel called Saving Casper: A Christian and an Atheist Talk about Why We Need to Change the Conversion Conversation. While the two did their book tour, Matt, as you can imagine, received his fair share of people telling him that he was going to go to hell. On top of that, many treated him as if he were an enemy to the faith. Meanwhile, he’s not anti-religion or antagonistic toward Christians, even though some atheists are. He is an open-minded guy who likes to engage with people of different faith systems and doesn’t rule out the possibility of some day becoming a person of faith. continue reading…