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Words communicate. Christians often use words to communicate to others; however, these words aren't understood by many of those outside the church. We can be so absorbed in our "christianese" that we don't realize others don't understand the jargon and cannot figure out what it is we mean by what we are saying. Static readers will become aware of what we are saying so we can re-focus our thinking to communicate clearly to those outside the church.
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Format: Audiobook, MP3 Audio, Unabridged
Studio: Oasis Audio
Running Time: 420.00 minutes
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.45" Width: 5.32" Height: 0.56" Weight: 0.22 lbs.
Binding MP3 CD
Release Date Mar 31, 2007
Publisher OASIS AUDIO #514
ISBN 1598592149 ISBN13 9781598592146
Availability 0 units.
More About Ron Martoia, Kelly Dolan & Jr. Smith Chuck
Dr. Ron Martoia, who received his doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary, is a transformational architect who has passion to help people experience revolutionary change. In their lives. Over the last four years he has spoken to over 25,000 leaders in conference settings. The author of Transformational Architecture, Static, and Morph, Martoia has also written for periodicals such as Relevant, Leadership Journal, and Rev. He is the founder of Velocityculture.com, which provides consulting, distance staffing, coaching, and learning communities. Martoia lives in Jackson, Michigan.
Ron Martoia currently resides in Jackson, in the state of Michigan. Ron Martoia was born in 1962.
Is it possible that many of the common concepts held by Christians and churches today about sin, repentance, salvation, the kingdom of God, and being born again - some of the very things which seem to be at the centre of a biblical worldview - are in fact unbiblical? That seems to be what Ron Martoia is suggesting in this thought-provoking book. Martoia says that we should "tune out the Christian noise and experience the real message of Jesus."
The author is not a fan of the pre-packaged one-size-fits-all style of gospel presentation, and he is not a fan of the use of Christian jargon for which outsiders tend to have negative preconceptions. He feels that evangelistic efforts are often unsuccessful because they are perceived as militant, imperialistic, intolerant and arrogant. Jesus never applied a formula to his preaching; he was sensitive to the situation of his audience and tailored his message accordingly. He never made an altar call or invited his audience to pray the sinners' prayer.
I identify with many of the author's problems with Christian jargon, although I do not agree with all of his solutions. In an effort to make it more accessible, the book has been written in the context of "conversations" with some friends, but after the first chapter I started finding this irritating and just wished it had been written in a shorter and more formal manner. Nonetheless, I found the book challenging and well worth reading.
Fresh Jun 13, 2009
There are not many books out there that even try to take an alternative look at the message of Christ. This book does it well and without any deviating from the core beliefs of Christianity. This book is recommended to anybody who desires to look past scripture and years of "bible thumping" and see what Christ really intended for today's Christian to be like.
Keep thinking about this book May 15, 2008
I read so many books, that I often read and forget them a week later. Not this book. Static has stayed in my mind. Many of the concepts Dr. Martoia shares in this book can change the way you see the people around you, and the language you use to talk to them about important things in life. I keep hunting down my copy to remember points. To me, that has to be the mark of a book that impacts my world.
Communicating Christ with Clarity Mar 3, 2008
Are you interested in learning how to share Christ with others in a way that doesn't come across as arrogant or demeaning? Do you really understand how words like "gospel," "born again," "saved," etc. come across to someone who doesn't follow Jesus Christ? Words like these have become part of our Christian heritage, but when we use them with people they doesn't always communicate what we're trying to communicate!
As a Worship Pastor, I found this book to be both incredibly timely and incredibly pertinent to the state of Christianity today. Dr. Martioa weaves a narrative from his own experiences to illustrate the foundational principles of learning how to communicate our faith in Christ clearly, without the "baggage" associated with some of the standard "Christian terminology." It's a smooth, easy read that really challenges those who claim Christ to learn about how we represent Him when we talk to others. The words and phrases we typcially use, which make perfect sense to us, does not send the message think we're sending when we use them. To be effective in sharing our faith, we've got to learn to communicate in a language and vocabulary that makes sense to the people who are receiving it. "Static" will start that process in your life!!
Looking for a new twist?? Sep 8, 2007
If you are tired of reading something that promises to be fresh, but just is not, then STATIC is your next book. It truly is a fresh twist on the words and stories that Christians use. It takes what we have thought the text to mean and helps us find the truth without reading more into the text than that is there. Static will cause you to re-think how you view sharing your faith. It will help you find answers instead of just raising questions that leave you paralyized. Static helps us see that the Churchs need for relevance is not just "being culturally connected" it is about taking the language of the scriptures and connecting them to the human story. Ron Martoia has written a piece that every Christ follower needs to take a good hard look at. Great Job Dr. Ron Martioa.