Doug Pollock wrote an article over at Christianity Today a while back that is compelling as it relates to Christians sharing their faith in Christ with people who have not affirmed Christianity either as a faith or a religion. It is a call to respect people’s thoughts and opinions, while at the same time gently helping them to respect yours. He calls the process active wondering. It seems to be the difference between hitting someone with propositional truth ("Hey you, Jesus died for your sins.") and dialogue about faith. Here’s a quote from the article:
Active wondering means intentionally formulating open-ended questions
that tap into the interests of others or what they’re concerned about,
and it requires us to start where people are, not where we’d like them
to be. When we wonder out loud with someone about what’s important to
him?his life, career, family, etc.?we create an open, safe and
non-judgmental forum for authentic dialog. People are invited to search
for their own answers; they’re naturally stimulated toward spiritual
seeking. Wondering sends the message: "I notice you, and your thoughts
matter to me." And by extension, "Your thoughts matter to God."
Go browse the article. I’m wondering what you think?
Tallskinnykiwi is a blog that I stop by occasionally. More and more bloggers that I enjoy reading have linked to it. Stop by and check it out. It may be a candidate for Notes "Off the Path" link. Tell me if you think so. He has a reivew of a new book that may be convincing me to burn my next Amazon gift certificate on it, unless someone wants to buy it for me or send me theirs. It’s called Reinventing Jesus. Check out his post about it here and then toodle around his blog. You’ll be glad you did.
I found it over at freedomhouse.org.