Speaking of Jesus: The Art of Not-Evangelism

Speaking of Jesus: The Art of Not-Evangelism

Some of us fear moments when we need to defend our theology. Some of us seek them out. But we are seldom ready the way Jesus seemed to be ready. So how do we draw others to God in the midst of these ordinary conversations the way Jesus did?  In Speaking of Jesus, Carl Medearis draws on his experience of international reconciliation between Muslims and Christians to remind u Some of us fear moments when we need to defend our theology. Some of us seek them out. But we are seldom ready the w...

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Title:Speaking of Jesus: The Art of Not-Evangelism
Author:Carl Medearis
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Genres:Christian
ISBN:1434702103
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:192 pages pages

Speaking of Jesus: The Art of Not-Evangelism Reviews

  • Cori
    Sep 30, 2011
    There are a lot of books out there right now that are trying to separate Jesus from right-wing politics (because, in America, the two are almost always linked). Medearis approaches it from a fresh angle, talking about his time in Beruit and how people there thought Westernization and C...
  • Giedra
    Aug 21, 2011
    Pretty neat book about changing the focus of evangelism from making converts to simply sharing one's love for Jesus. The author does not say he is a Christian, but rather tells people he tries to follow Jesus. He has observed that many people who are offended/turned off by Christianity...
  • Colin McKay Miller
    May 08, 2012
    Carl Medearis? Speaking of Jesus: The Art of Non-Evangelism is a book with as much appeal to those outside the church as in it. I?m not sure when it happened, but somewhere along the line, an unofficial Christian conservative council formed to judge all things pop culture. If y...
  • Denae Christine
    Dec 22, 2017
    Loved almost everything in this book! I really liked CM?s point that everything is about Jesus, not about *insert whatever minor theological/political/social/controversial topic here*. We can forget about all the rest, but we can?t forget about Jesus. I didn?t like that CM was...
  • Stephen Proctor
    Apr 24, 2012
    I appreciated this book. There were times he made me squirm (as he said he would) but as I continued reading I understood his point. I think Medearis' method is useful and powerful. We should certainly be more concerned with Jesus than with Christianity. However, throughout the book...
  • Brad Kittle
    Apr 22, 2012
    A hard book to review. I learned a great deal from the book. I've had some similar thoughts a long the line of Carl's thinking, but there are aspects of his perspective that I'm just not sure about. From what I can see he looks at Jesus purely from a physical perspective or he teaches ...
  • Josh Hopping
    Jun 22, 2011
    This is a phenomenal book that calls Christians back to their first love, Jesus of Nazareth. It is a call back to the person of Jesus rather than the idea/beliefs of Christianity or the doctrines of the Church. Here an example: What is the Gospel? Seriously, stop for a moment and...
  • Joe
    Oct 22, 2018
    Carl Medearis's Speaking of Jesus is a refreshing reframe about what it means to talk about Jesus. While most books on evangelism focus on getting those who are "outside" the Christian circle into the "inside" of the Christian circle, Speaking of Jesus is far more concerned with teachi...
  • Jim B
    Jun 03, 2018
    This book was recommended to me by a friend who said he read it a couple of times to reflect on it. I can see why. The author makes a convincing case for sticking to talking about Jesus (and not Christianity or Bible or any of our Christian words which are loaded with negative meaning ...
  • Sarah
    Sep 15, 2014
    I read to 25% and was so upset I stopped. While I like the basics of what Carl was saying, it really bothered me that he said Christianity and Jesus were separate things. While I will be the first one to stand up and say a lot of the traditions we have are not based on the Bible and th...
  • Jared Totten
    Apr 11, 2012
    Some people try to course-correct Christianity from within (reformers, etc.). Others try by distancing themselves from it ("follower of Jesus", etc.). Medearis is of the latter sort. If you are inclined that direction, you may enjoy his book more than I did. I feel, for all the mist...
  • Tracy
    Apr 10, 2012
    I love this book, I have not finished reading it yet but this is the first book in a long time I haven't put down since I got it. Shifts focus from religion and puts it back on Jesus as it ought to be!! ...
  • Ainsley
    Mar 11, 2016
    Read this at the recommendation of a dear friend who has shared my journey of working through a bundle of church baggage. Like her and the author of this little number, however conflicted I may feel about the church and Christianity, when it comes to Jesus himself--I just love the guy....
  • Rose
    Jul 05, 2013
    I really enjoyed this book. His perspective on Jesus and how we are supposed to share Him, was refreshing and encouraging. ...
  • Denes House
    Mar 16, 2013
    Dear Carl, I am writing to you because I know you're a true friend, and will not hold back when giving me your advice. I'm in a bit of a bind. You see, a good friend of mine just wrote a letter to my wife, and I don't know what to do about it. In the letter, he says wonderful things...
  • Steve Lundh
    Mar 29, 2017
    This was one of the most thought provoking, insightful book on following Jesus that I have ever read. Carl knocks down many preconceived paths that Christians seem to automatically follow and does this by sharing his own experiences with Muslims in the middle east as well as here in th...
  • Hajdi
    Nov 03, 2017
    This book will surely ruffle feathers. When was the last time you had a good ruffle? Carl Medaris strips away the baggage that comes along with religion to show you what really matters- Jesus. People are interested in Jesus, he was an amazing teacher and healer whose words are relevant...
  • Rocky Woolery
    Oct 06, 2017
    Intriguing. Though I don't fully agree with everything, there are quite a few good points about the starting point for fulfilling the mission of making disciples that Jesus has given us. The problem is the Medearis does not even point to the fact that Jesus needs to be understood in co...
  • Elizabeth
    Aug 22, 2019
    2.5 A thought-provoking read. I liked a lot of things in the book but was largely put off by how it pushes the ?relationship vs religion? dichotomy way too far. At certain points in the book, I wondered whether the author was really confusing Christianity with Christendom. H...
  • Nicholas Seders
    Feb 24, 2018
    Let's Take This One Step Further While I agreed with the premise, I feel like Medearis didn't take it far enough. Had he done so, perhaps he wouldn't be so dismissive of teaching ministries that address the Trinity, baptism, tithing, etc. Surely his intention (and perhaps his own disp...
  • Michael Peters
    Jan 09, 2014
    Reading this book has been humbling. At first I didn't like it, but the more I read it the more I loved it. The author expressed ideas that I've been afraid to say in public for years. The book seems very similar to teaching I received under Dr. Darrell Whiteman in class years ago. ...
  • Johnny
    Feb 22, 2018
    Really enjoyed the book. It was a breath of fresh air in an arena that is often filled with formulas, tips and tricks. As a follower of Jesus myself I have often felt the tension of wanting to introduce my friends to the Good News I have found, yet also not wanting to stuff anything up...
  • Stephanie Sheaffer
    Apr 04, 2014
    Although the author's delivery is not particularly eloquent or fresh, he presents an important message about keeping JESUS the focus when talking with others. A good reminder to "quit defending Christianity." ...
  • Mark Schleier
    Mar 14, 2019
    Wow, some fantastic stuff in this one. The whole premise of the book could be summed up with this: If Jesus we?re here, who would he be hanging out with? Christians or everyone else? Obviously, the convicting answer is that he?d be pissed with the Christians (today?s Pharisee...
  • Evghenii Sologubenco
    Jul 17, 2015
    It is an interesting call to make Jesus the focus of evangelism, though in many regards I find it oversimplifying the message of the Gospel. The author gives examples of successful stories of being able to break through the obstacles such as Chrisitian lingo, controversial event in chu...
  • Nicolas Valin
    Aug 19, 2015
    Carl Medearis discusses how to share your faith in such a way that we aren't "making Christians" like a cloning machine, but instead followers of Him. He explains why the "us aginst them" way of approaching people is way off Jesus message. It is not a "our religion against theirs" mess...
  • Derek Harvey
    Nov 06, 2015
    This book has changed my life. The way I see Jesus and the way I see "evangelism" has totally changed. I strongly recommend every believer read this. ...
  • Jacob Runyon
    Apr 03, 2019
    An great reminder/discovery of viewing the world. Too many times as Christians we think of the world as us vs them (gays, liberals, Muslims). Instead of using terms that have loaded connotative meanings behind them, our message should be be simple: point to Jesus. Carl does a great...
  • Jonathan
    Jul 30, 2019
    7/10 In the tradition of Donald Miller, Rick James, Bob Goff, and other typically more liberal (theologically, rather then politically of course) Christ following writers, Medearis advocates a relationship with Jesus rather than religious rigor. He makes some phenomenal points, spe...
  • Rachel Redding
    Jun 05, 2019
    I wanted to like this book. I wanted to hear more of how we don?t tend to talk enough about Jesus. I wanted more encouragement on how to share my love of Jesus without ?preaching? at people who may not know him. The author, however, seemed more interested in putting down Christia...