Seminary students, in my experience, are perennially shocked when they read passages from the Koran that feature Jesus or Abraham.

Some of them also get really angry when Allah is translated as "God."

All of this is the result of "othering" people who believe differently
I don't mean to say that there aren't clear distinctions, but the biggest struggle I have found among all students has been getting them to see those of different religions as good, rational and loving people
We have got to do better.

Sharing the gospel isn't about this technique or that. It's not about finding the exact right words or luring people in.

We aren't fire insurance salespeople
Instead, as you get to really know someone, you'll want to share your core identity.

If you're in good relationship, they'll want to know that core identity.

If you're a Christian, that should be at your core identity
Sharing this doesn't mean people will automatically agree. That's not the point (and if it was, that's not a genuine relationship).

However, maybe they're now more open to having those conversations, especially if you listen earnestly to them
That's what gospel, good news, actually does.

If you've ever had a friend go on a big trip, they can't wait to tell you about it, even if it's not one you would ever go on yourself.

This is much bigger and deeper
So we've got to move away from apologetics, flashy evangelism methods, big events to draw people in and then switch the program to manipulate then into the kingdom.

We've got to listen, to learn, and to let others teach us what they believe you let them know it's safe
Just been reflecting on all of this as I near the end of another semester

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