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Sharing the Good News with Mormons: Practical Strategies for Getting the Conversation Started

Sharing the Good News with Mormons: Practical Strategies for Getting the Conversation Started

by Eric Johnson, Sean McDowell


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How do you share the gospel with those
who don't think they need it?

Someone you know is a Mormon—a family member, a coworker, a friend, or a neighbor—and you long to present the truth about Jesus and what God's Word teaches. But where do you start? How can you convey what's on your heart in a way that will be well received?

Every relationship and situation is unique, and that's why these essays from respected scholars, apologists, and pastors—including Sandra Tanner, Robert Bowman, David Geisler, Bill McKeever, Mark Mittelberg, J. Warner Wallace, Lynn Wilder, and others—lays out a variety of creative methods for sharing the gospel effectively so you can...

  • initiate authentic conversations
  • respond with compassion and clarity to Mormon teachings
  • understand your Mormon friends and find ways to keep the dialogue going

Speaking the truth to Mormons can feel daunting when you're unprepared. Let the suggestions in this book give you solid ideas for reaching those who are lost but don't realize it.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780736974066
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Publication date: 06/05/2018
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Sean McDowell (PhD) is the author, coauthor, or editor of numerous books, including A New Kind of Apologist. He is an associate professor in the Christian Apologetics program at Biola University, is an internationally recognized speaker, and blogs regularly at

Eric Johnson (MDiv) works with Mormonism Research Ministry ( and has written and coauthored several books, including Answering Mormons' Questions and Mormonism 101. He currently lives in Sandy, Utah, with his wife and three daughters.

Table of Contents

Foreword Josh McDowell 11

Introduction: Should Christians Share the Good News with Mormons? Eric Johnson 13

Section 1 Basic Training Approaches

1 Helping Our Friends Evaluate Truth Claims: The Straight-Thinking Approach Mark Mittelberg 27

2 Sharing the Reasons for God: The Evidence Approach Dr. Sean McDowell 37

3 Did God Really Say So? The Reliability-of-the-Bible Approach Matt Slick 47

4 Who Is the Real Jesus? The Christ-Centered Approach Dr. Robert M. Bowman Jr. 57

Spotlight: Brett Kunkle 67

Section 2 Reasoning Approaches

5 Investigating Mormonism: The Case-Making Approach-J. Warner Wallace 73

6 Undermining Confidence in a Mormon's Personal "Testimony": The Police-Lineup Approach Dr. Corey Miller 83

7 Joseph Smith's First Vision and the Book of Mormon: The Historical Approach Bill McKeever 91

8 Using Surveys to Reveal Truth to Mormons: The Polling Approach Chip Thompson 101

Spotlight: Micah Wilder 111

Section 3 Personal Approaches

9 Sharing with a Mormon Family Member: The Keeping-Good-Relations Approach Carl Wimmer 117

10 When the Elders Come Calling: The Missionaries-At-Your-Door Approach Sandra Tanner 127

11 Sharing the Truth with LDS Women: The Compassion Approach Becky Walker 137

12 Preaching from an Asbestos Suit: The Reasoning-with-Mormons-on-the-Internet Approach Fred W. Anson 147

Spotlight: Brody Olson 157

Section 4 Invitational Approaches

13 Engaging in Gospel Discussions: The Keep-It-Simple Approach Aaron Shafovaloff 163

14 Listen: The Conversational Approach Dr. David Geisler Brian Henson 173

15 Authentic, Humble Dialogue with Mormons: The Columbo Approach Dr. Lynn Wilder 183

16 The Power of a Simple Invitation: The Come-and-See Approach Dr. Bryan Hurlbutt 193

Spotlight: Shane Jones 203

Section 5 LDS Event Approaches

17 Let Your Voice Be Heard: The Open-Air-Evangelism Approach Andrew Rappaport 209

18 Extra! Extra! Read All About It: The Newspaper Approach Sharon Lindbloom 219

19 The Miracle of Forgiveness: The Free-Book Approach Eric Johnson Randy Sweet 229

20 Website Advertising: The Sign Approach Rob Sivulka 239

Spotlight: Steve Dealy 247

Section 6 Salvation Approaches

21 When Being Good Is Not Good Enough: The Awareness-of-Sin Approach Joel B. Groat 253

22 Can Something Valuable Really Be Free? The Meaning-of-Grace Approach Dr. Loren Pankratz 263

23 Are You Considered as Good as Jesus? The Imputation Approach John Kauer 273

24 I'm Trying My Best: The Impossible-Gospel Approach Keith Walker 283

Spotlight: James Walker 293


Go for It! Dr. Sean McDowell 297


Appendix 1 The Gospel (Good News) According to the Bible 299

Appendix 2 101 Mormon Terms Defined (from Aaronic Priesthood to Zion) 301


Subject Index 315

Scripture Index 319

Notes 325

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