Carl Medearis has a way of making what might appear to be a complicated issue seem both simple and exciting at the same time.
He is a creative and provocative story teller and has a way of inviting you into a life of following Jesus that seems as exhilarating as one of Indiana Jones’ adventures. Watch this video I blogged recently of Carl discussing the life of Jesus to see what I am talking about.
While Carl’s new book, “Speaking of Jesus: The Art of Not-Evangelism” should technically be located under “Evangelism, How to”, in contrast Carl is showing how the common evangelistic methods are so very much misrepresenting and distracting folks from engaging with the actual person and life of Jesus.
Medearis talks about how often times many people find themselves making the mistake of getting defensive over Christianity when talking with someone about there faith. This just muddles any hopes of getting anywhere fruitful in the conversation.
Carl shows us the way out of these kinds of traps and pitfalls, explaining how simply speaking of Jesus almost always pays the best dividends. Not giving a defense of Christianity, Church Doctrines, and the like. Simply Jesus.
In Carl’s own words, “Here it is – the thesis of this book: if you don’t feel like you have to evangelize someone away from their team onto yours, you can speak of Jesus much more freely, and thus, much more effectively.”
I have really been quite encouraged and very impressed with Carl as he makes the conversation about Jesus. Jesus is where the life is. Just sayin.