The Faithful Presence Podcast

MASTER CLASS (1995 "Bootleg"): Tim Keller on "Evangelism through Networking"

September 25, 2023 Faithful Presence Season 2 Episode 7
The Faithful Presence Podcast
MASTER CLASS (1995 "Bootleg"): Tim Keller on "Evangelism through Networking"
Show Notes

In this episode of the podcast, we dig back into the vault (aka Michael's computer) for another gem for the much-heralded "Tommy Tapes" delivered in 1995 during a church planting conference. 

In the public square, networking is an essential skill for flourishing. It is how relationships are made, opportunities opened, and agendas advanced.  And, while we should never see people as projects, we are called to "proclaim the excellencies of the one who called us out of darkness and into his marvelous light."  

Many Christians struggle with moving a networking conversation from initial contact, to a relationship to, hopefully, a conversation about the gospel. In this recording, Dr. Keller discusses the role intentionality can bring the relationship to the gospel. Dr, Keller, even references Christian Embassy (a Washington-based ministry to diplomats) as an example of the role networking plays in evangelism.  

How do we use inquiry, questions, a desire for belonging, and defeaters to engage people with the gospel? In other words, allowing them to lead themselves to the conversation. 

Post-production: David (aka "The Wizard") Strutt

Bumper music: The Diplomats of Solid Sound

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