Item description for Can We Talk?: Sharing Your Faith in a Pre-Christian World by Robert G. Tuttle...
Overview Those who serve on mission fields is areas where Christian faith is not the dominant religion quickly come to understand a central truth: when one is sharing the gospel, one must have a place to start the conversation. If the person being addressed is unfamiliar with Christian concepts and terms, one must pick up on things with which he or she is familiar, and relate these to the Christian message. Without ths middle ground, there can be no effective witness to God's salvation in Christ.
Those who serve on mission fields in areas where Christian faith is not the dominant religion quickly come to understand a central truth: when one is sharing the gospel, one must have a place to start the conversation. If the person being addressed is unfamiliar with Christian concepts and terms, one must pick up on things with which he or she is familiar and relate these to the Christian message. Without this middle ground, there can be no effective witness to God s salvation in Christ. Everyone who shares the good news today, Robert Tuttle points out, would do well to learn this basic truth for communicating the gospel. While the Christian message is universal intended for all persons, everywhere the language we use to convey this message may not be. The key is always to be sensitive to the deep questions with which one s friends and acquaintances are struggling, and to look for ways to relate the life-changing message of the gospel to these questions.
The lively and direct writing style offers a clear, user-friendly guide to sharing one's personal faith. Illustrations and examples are drawn from the contexts of both North America and outside of North America. The material is focused on the crucial and difficult task of communication the gospel to persons who have not grown up with the language and symbolism of the church. Readers will understand that in an effort to communicate the gospel to persons unfamiliar with its terminology and concepts, they must first learn to identify a common middle ground from which to begin. They will learn the basic tools for communicating the gospel, including how to relate the life-changing message of the gospel to the deep questions people ask."
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Studio: Abingdon Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.02" Width: 6.04" Height: 0.33" Weight: 0.43 lbs.
Release Date Nov 1, 1999
Publisher Abingdon Church Supplies
ISBN 0687084164 ISBN13 9780687084166
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Informative, but leaves questions Jan 20, 2005
Robert G. Tuttle provides a "transcultural" way for asking questions that allow Christians to better share their faith. He looks at universal common denominators that speak to a wide range of cultures and generations such as children and sports. One of the strengths of this book is that Tuttle backs up his evangelistic lip service with practicing what he preaches. He provides a lot of illustrations and teaches beyond the theory motif. This book is very short and can be read in an afternoon as well. I would have liked for the author to have provided more information about why the "Modern" way of evangelism is far less superior, there are many presuppositions within this account.
There are a lot of places where this book has really great theology but a few places let me confused like his term "Muslim-Christians?" I was also surprised to learn Jesus was a socialist in the Marxist sense, but that might explain why Tuttle was in Cuba. Maybe illegally? Also he says he is not an inclusiveness but after you read it you will discover this is not quite true. Still, the positives probably outweigh the negatives.
Yes, We Can! Dec 1, 2004
Dr. Tuttle, in this book, attempts to give readers guidance in developing strategies for effective sharing of the gospel with people from vastly different cultures than our own. While he appears to fail in his search for a transcultural gospel (p.11), he does succeed in his search for phenomena that are fairly transcultural. He discusses those phenomena that can be used as analogies to help explain the gospel concepts, or at least to soften the heart of the non-believer to make the person ready to hear the evangelist's message. He indicates that these analogies are necessary to begin the process of evangelism with a person who has little in common with the evangelizer or has insufficient awareness or appreciation for gospel figures and their relationships. Dr. Tuttle uses many true stories to demonstrate the effectiveness of his transcultural tools, and, in the course of doing so, gives readers an ample supply of examples from which to learn.
The author's generous uses of evangelistic vignettes are advantageous to the reader. One cannot only learn about the tools he has discovered, but also identify the context in which they were used successfully. The book is easily read and understood. Most readers will enjoy reading the testimonies, situations and successes of Dr. Tuttle's experiences.
He identifies several transcultural phenomena, which can be compelling in their use with people, especially from non-Western cultures. These include sports, music, a high regard for children, the desire to measure up, the need for community, the need to overcome, and the quest for understanding our origin. Throughout the book, and especially in chapter seven, he demonstrates the effective use of these transcultural phenomena in short stories of his interactions involving people from around the globe and from vastly different backgrounds. He evangelizes in airports, train stations, planes, trains, and automobiles, on various parts of every continent, saving Antarctica.
The strength of this book lies in its efforts to sensitize the reader to various cultural differences and how those differences can impede the gospel message. Dr. Tuttle gives us tools to use which he has demonstrated with his life to be helpful in beginning and sustaining an evangelistic interaction.
An excellent cross-cultural evangelism primer Mar 1, 2000
Tuttle's best contribution in this book is the way he identifies felt needs, regardless of a person's culture, that make him or her open to the gospel. Excellent book to teach intelligent active listening as a way to open doors for the gospel.
Talking about Christ across the table or across the world Feb 15, 2000
"Can We Talk" reminds us that sharing our faith in Jesus Christ continually seeks relevance. Anyone who is familiar with Robert Tuttle will be delighted with his numerous illustrations and concepts with regard to sharing the gospel. The book will edify you personally and could also be useful as a small group study guide. To discover that the gospel is "Transcultural" is vital for our sharing of the faith in the present culture. Read Tuttle for a joyful trip around the world of sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ in relevant ways.