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Models of Evangelism Jessup Think

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Historian Priscilla Pope-Levison joins the show to talk about her book Models of Evangelism. The book is a fascinating survey of eight models of evangelism highlighting the diverse ways in which the gospel is proclaimed.



TRANSCRIPT
0:01
Welcome to Jessup tank. I'm your host Mark Moore,

0:04
and he co hosts Rex gurney. And Rex.

0:06
We're so excited to have Priscilla Pope Levison on the show. She's an associate dean of Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University, and the author of a recent book entitled models of evangelism.

0:18
And she's a second scholar we've had from Southern Methodist University. Yes. Looking forward to talking about evangelism to them.

0:25
Yeah, looking forward to kind of diving deeper into these different models, and not just having one way to look at evangelism. Right. So I think you're really going to enjoy the show and get it and get a better view, a more robust view of evangelism.

0:45
We are really excited to have you on the show to talk about it, but models of evangelism. And I love First off, I love the nod to Avery Dulles and models of Revelation. Sometimes, in my mind, I'll keep saying models of Revelation. So if I say it today, it's okay. Because Dallas has taken over my mind. But okay, would I I really did appreciate getting into the book, looking at evangelism through the lens of a wide spectrum of models. That is not just one and I think within the church, we often when we hear the word evangelism, we think of it one way. And perhaps we think of it in terms of, you know, going door to door knocking, or, you know, you always hear the pastor who saves everyone on the plane on their cross country flight. And, and so, as you were looking at this, I know from your book, here, it comes from your experience over 20 years of teaching intro to evangelism. Yeah. Was it during that time that you started to kind of isolate or identify these models?

1:53
Good question. And let me just say how delighted I am to be on this podcast, I've been looking forward to it as well. And I love your reference to the airplane story. So many evangelism books start with this success, you know, I was on the plane and, and I, all I wanted to do is read and hide myself. And then someone sat next to me, and they just happened to be, you know, I converted them to Jesus Christ. And it's, it's just a hard way to begin a book, if that's not been your experience, which it hasn't been mine, but it also sets up this high expectation for evangelism that it's going to be, you know, such a spectacular success the whenever you do it, so, no, I don't have a airplane story in a book. But, um, I found, well, you know, as a teacher, you try to help students take these ideas and concepts and practices, and route them in daily life. And so I started teaching evangelism when we were at Duke Divinity School, and most of 95% of the students were going to head off into local church ministry. And so you know, how do you help them take this concept, and really give arms and legs and you know, bodies to it and make it a reality. And so I started to incorporate models, and I had actually it was research project, I gave them a list of maybe, maybe 15 models. And they went off and, you know, did their research. And then they were came back and presented to the class. And I just found over the years that that was a time that students really seemed to engage even deeper, they could see the relevance for where they were going to be serving in North or South Carolina, or Virginia, or wherever. And, and so I started then to think about, after a number of years of this, think about a book that would be I could use in the classroom, that churches could use that would present these models, and I chose eight. You know, there's certainly more than that. But I tried to, to pick eight, that first of all, showed a breadth of approaches to evangelism. And also were grounded biblically, and theological

Historian Priscilla Pope-Levison joins the show to talk about her book Models of Evangelism. The book is a fascinating survey of eight models of evangelism highlighting the diverse ways in which the gospel is proclaimed.



TRANSCRIPT
0:01
Welcome to Jessup tank. I'm your host Mark Moore,

0:04
and he co hosts Rex gurney. And Rex.

0:06
We're so excited to have Priscilla Pope Levison on the show. She's an associate dean of Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University, and the author of a recent book entitled models of evangelism.

0:18
And she's a second scholar we've had from Southern Methodist University. Yes. Looking forward to talking about evangelism to them.

0:25
Yeah, looking forward to kind of diving deeper into these different models, and not just having one way to look at evangelism. Right. So I think you're really going to enjoy the show and get it and get a better view, a more robust view of evangelism.

0:45
We are really excited to have you on the show to talk about it, but models of evangelism. And I love First off, I love the nod to Avery Dulles and models of Revelation. Sometimes, in my mind, I'll keep saying models of Revelation. So if I say it today, it's okay. Because Dallas has taken over my mind. But okay, would I I really did appreciate getting into the book, looking at evangelism through the lens of a wide spectrum of models. That is not just one and I think within the church, we often when we hear the word evangelism, we think of it one way. And perhaps we think of it in terms of, you know, going door to door knocking, or, you know, you always hear the pastor who saves everyone on the plane on their cross country flight. And, and so, as you were looking at this, I know from your book, here, it comes from your experience over 20 years of teaching intro to evangelism. Yeah. Was it during that time that you started to kind of isolate or identify these models?

1:53
Good question. And let me just say how delighted I am to be on this podcast, I've been looking forward to it as well. And I love your reference to the airplane story. So many evangelism books start with this success, you know, I was on the plane and, and I, all I wanted to do is read and hide myself. And then someone sat next to me, and they just happened to be, you know, I converted them to Jesus Christ. And it's, it's just a hard way to begin a book, if that's not been your experience, which it hasn't been mine, but it also sets up this high expectation for evangelism that it's going to be, you know, such a spectacular success the whenever you do it, so, no, I don't have a airplane story in a book. But, um, I found, well, you know, as a teacher, you try to help students take these ideas and concepts and practices, and route them in daily life. And so I started teaching evangelism when we were at Duke Divinity School, and most of 95% of the students were going to head off into local church ministry. And so you know, how do you help them take this concept, and really give arms and legs and you know, bodies to it and make it a reality. And so I started to incorporate models, and I had actually it was research project, I gave them a list of maybe, maybe 15 models. And they went off and, you know, did their research. And then they were came back and presented to the class. And I just found over the years that that was a time that students really seemed to engage even deeper, they could see the relevance for where they were going to be serving in North or South Carolina, or Virginia, or wherever. And, and so I started then to think about, after a number of years of this, think about a book that would be I could use in the classroom, that churches could use that would present these models, and I chose eight. You know, there's certainly more than that. But I tried to, to pick eight, that first of all, showed a breadth of approaches to evangelism. And also were grounded biblically, and theological

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