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From the Summer 2017 issue of Knowing & Doing:

From Narnia to the Gospel: Turning Conversations about C. S. Lewis to the Topic He Loved Most

by Randy Newman, M.Div., Ph.D.
Senior Teaching Fellow for Apologetics and Evangelism, C.S. Lewis Institute


once heard someone say he wanted to be able to converse with anyone about anything. I was intrigued. He reasoned that joining in on a conversation of the other person’s choosing could express respect, interest, and care for that person.
 Since then I’ve wondered if I could do the same—with the hope of using a conversation about anything to point people to the most important thing. Could I see how any topic connected to the gospel? Better still, could I actually transition from talking about any topic to one about Jesus without it seeming rude or just plain weird?
 Granted, there must be limits to this. In fact, I remember, as a young believer, finding a book that boasted it could help Christians turn “any conversation” into a gospel conversation. The problem was that the suggested dialogues sounded more like conversational hijackings than genuine concern for people.
 One suggested dialogue went like this:

The telephone rings.
 You: Hello?
 Caller: Hello, may I speak to Bill?
 You: Oh, I’m sorry. There’s no Bill here. You must have the wrong number.
 Caller: Oh, I’m so sorry. Please forgive me.
 You: Well, maybe it’s not really a wrong number! Maybe God intended you to call this number. Maybe He wanted you to hear how you could know Him in a personal way.
 Caller: click.
 You: Hello? Hello? Are you there?

 Actually, the book didn’t say the other person hung up. I just couldn’t imagine he wouldn’t! But if God really is the “maker of heaven and earth” (in other words, everything!), shouldn’t there be connections between all of life to eternal life? Couldn’t casual chats about earthly things become significant conversations about heavenly ones?


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