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Connecting Christ: How to Discuss Jesus in a World of Diverse Paths Paperback – May 7, 2012
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The first thing that students learn in apologetics is undoubtedly also the first joke the professor will say to the class: we're here to apologize, not say sorry! Dr. Paul Metzger disagrees. While certainly not sorry for being a Christian, or for believing Christian things, or living a Christian lifestyle, Metzger's latest book venturing into inter-faith dialogue argues that a quintessential posture of the apologist is the gesture of repentance. Why apologize in this sense? "So many things have been done over the millennia in the name of religion, including the Christian religion," (32) says Metzger, "We bear the same family name--`Christian' or `Christ follower'--as these religious perpetrators and/or evil masterminds . . . That alone gives Christians today sufficient grounds to repent and make confession of sin in their stead. By claiming to bear Christ's name and speak [for him], they negatively impacted Christian witness, the effects of which can be forcefully felt today in many sectors. . ." (33-34). To win minds, one must first unburden hearts. And to unburden hearts in apologetics often means to suffer with them just as Christ entered into solidarity with humankind in the incarnation. Thus, it turns out, to be zealous to apologize for the faith is (perhaps surprising to many) not the same thing as being insufferable.Read more ›
In Connecting Christ, Metzger, like the Apostle Paul (strange coincidence!), presents a wonderful way to imitate in our witness of Christ to the world. And while we live in a world of diverse paths, Connecting Christ presents a Christocentric path of evangelism and dialogue so as to be faithful to the way of Christ--a way drenched in His incarnational love. The book is broken into four sections - beginning appropriately with a look into the "relational-incarnational" approach to our theological endeavors. Our approach to evangelism and apologetics, if it is to be true to a Biblical foundation, does include rational discussion of God and His truths exposed throughout the Bible. This approach does contain some "in your face" times because it involves sharing life--both the good and the bad. In the end though, a relational approach to apologetics bears witness to the good news of Jesus Christ through a willingness to dialogue and share life together.Read more ›
Metzger provides a compelling process, relational-incarnational, for evangelism by anchoring it in the Trinity. This roots the motive and "methodology" solely in who God is, while distinguishing it from heterodox views of Christianity (e.g., mormon/LDS and jehovah's witnesses).
The relationships Metzger has with people from other faith traditions means these are not faceless people he is talking about. His friends have heart-felt attitudes that mirror his own attitude toward Christ. What he writes and believes will likely be read by these friends. Misstating what they believe and/or inconsistency in speech, conduct and text, on his part, would have real consequences on his real world relationships.
I particularly enjoyed hearing from other faith adherents. Metzger gives other faith traditions the last word by inviting them to respond to his work. While agreeing to disagree, Metzger and those who respond are not disagreeable. Metzger models a refreshing approach for evangelism that is welcome in a climate that seems to be increasingly strident in spheres such as religion, politics and nationality.
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Few books convey better the upside-down world of being a Christ-follower than my good friend Paul Metzger's Connecting Christ. Read morePublished 6 months ago by David Stevens
Dr. Metzger rightly challenges traditional apologetic thought (worldview and market-driven approaches) and presents a strong argument for relational-incarnational apologetics... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Matt
Are you afraid to talk to others about your faith? Is Jesus a mystical experience or a hammer on a drum? (Payolas 1983). Read morePublished 16 months ago by Andrewvan
On more than one occasion I’ve read in a book review, “If this book is not in your personal library, stop what you’re doing and get it! Read morePublished 17 months ago by John Flores
I was just reading the reviews on this book and I came across the lone 2 star rating. I would like to respond by making two observations:
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In my youth I attended many different churches. I was born Catholic. Then we attended a Baptist church. After that, we worshiped at a Pentecostal church. Read morePublished on October 6, 2013 by Bill Kneer
This was a book that I was initially thinking I would not like. But, it surprised me of how much it challenged my thinking and approach to evangelism in general. Read morePublished on March 2, 2013 by Tim