How Would Jesus Blog?: Answering Online Adversaries Jesus' Way

How Would Jesus Blog?: Answering Online Adversaries Jesus' Way

by Tom Gilson

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Overview

How would Jesus blog? Specifically, how would Jesus interact with atheists, skeptics, and other opponents of Christianity -- the ones who like to go on the attack, and like to stay there? Most Christians think his example is to stay patiently involved in the debate for as long as it takes. Surprisingly, though, the model Jesus sets with his own antagonists should lead us to follow a different -- though still loving -- path.

Jesus had his disciples, there were crowds following him, and he had encounters with interested individuals. He had different ways of interacting with each of them. He had his antagonists, too, and he had a different way of communicating with them. A surprising way, if you haven't looked into it before. A way that you and I can learn from, and apply in our online debates. And no, it's not the same with our antagonists, either, as it is with people who have a genuine interest.

Jesus' way of "blogging" can free you up from the endless rounds of debate. It will allow you to maintain a position of appropriate strength. It will help you see how to confront discourtesy, persistent illogic, and worse, and do it without even requiring them to agree with your beliefs or standards.

If enough people practice it, it could upgrade the whole online Christian/atheist debate scene. Wouldn't you love to be a part of that, too?

Product Details

BN ID: 2940158903434
Publisher: Thomas Gilson
Publication date: 06/30/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 60 KB

About the Author

Tom Gilson is a Christian strategy and communication specialist, focused on effectively communicating the truth of Jesus Christ in a world that's becoming more and more confused about spiritual reality every day. His areas of special interest include the three hot topics of sexuality, science, and rationality as they relate to Christian faith.

He's currently a senior editor at the highly respected Christian news and commentary website The Stream (stream.org), and concurrently leading a local group (Cincinnati/Dayton area) called the Thinking Christian Connection, meeting together regularly for mutual equipping and encouragement in Christian apologetics. The local group mirrors (on quite another scale) a national-level apologetics leadership group he was instrumental in helping to found.

For more than 12 years he's also been running the widely praised Thinking Christian blog at thinkingchristian.net, developing a reputation for consistent strength combined with grace in his many interactions with people from all over the spiritual spectrum, and from all over the world.

Tom has served as Vice President for Strategic Services at the campus apologetics ministry Ratio Christi. Prior to that he was on staff with Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ) for 34 years, serving in HR leadership and internal strategic consulting, as well as a two-year stint on loan with the (Chuck) Colson Center for Christian Worldview, writing and working on strategies.

He holds an M.S. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Central Florida, and a B.Mus. in Music Education from Michigan State University.

Tom lives in southwest Ohio where he enjoys canoeing, walking in the woods, and playing his trombones. His wife, Sara, and he have two grown children living nearby.

Find out more about Tom's speaking, writing, and ministry advisement ministry at tomgilson.org.

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