Sharing the Good News with Mormons–Official Site

This is the official website for Sharing the Good News with Mormons: Practical Strategies for Getting the Conversation Started, edited by Eric Johnson and Sean McDowell (Harvest House, 2018)

From the Back Cover:

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 is more likely to 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.

ISBN: 978-0-7369-7406-6

Category: Comparative Religion/Evangelism

Release Date: June 5, 2018


Order the book (prices vary, check each site, some sites charge for shipping but MRM does not)

See the Table of Contents and the book’s Introduction by clicking on the PDF Sharing the Good News with Mormons first pages 


PowerPoint Productions

Bill McKeever and Eric Johnson are traveling through four different states and speaking on this book from September through November 2018. To see where they will be speaking in southern Utah, Arizona, Nevada and Idaho, click here.

Here are the PowerPoint presentations that they will be sharing at different churches in a PDF format.

Bill McKeever

CLICK here to read reviews from several dozen readers on Amazon.com, ChristianBooks.com, and BarnesAndNoble.com.

Blog Book Reviews

Podcasts/Radio

  • Impact 360 (Jonathan Morrow, hour interview November 2018)
  • Reasonable Faith (Clay Craby, 30-minute interview October 2018)
  • Think Biblically (Scott B. Rae and Sean McDowell), 30-minute interview with Eric Johnson, August 16, 2018
  • In the Market (Janet Parshall), 1-hour interview with Eric Johnson, August 9, 2018
  • Crossexamined.org (Frank Turek), 1-hour interview with Eric Johnson, July 31, 2018
  • Deeper Waters Apologetics (Nick Peters), 2-hour interview with Eric Johnson, July 7, 2018
  • Theology Gals  July 2, 2018
  • Coffeehouse Questions (Ryan Pauly with Eric Johnson) June 6, 2018 Part 1   June 13, 2018 Part 2
  • Issues Etc (Eric Johnson) June 5, 2018

Endorsements

“This is a must-have book”

Janet Parshall, In the Market with Janet Parshall, August 9, 2018


“I’m thrilled to see this practical book bring together a variety of voices who all have one thing in common: lovingly sharing the good news with Mormons. An invaluable resource!”

Lee Strobel, Professor of Christian Thought at Houston Baptist University and best-selling author of The Case for Christ


Sharing the Good News with Mormons is an elite book—not because it is hard to understand, but because it isn’t.  The authors have worked hard to make things very clear and practical.  I know many of them and have deep respect for their fidelity to the historic Christian faith and the effort they have exerted to know why they believe and how to communicate that with others.  The book is elite because it is rich in its content, broad in the topics covered, and first rate in every way.  Happily, whoever reads this book will gain tools for communicating the gospel in all kinds of situations and to people outside of Mormonism as well. Get this book, study it, and share it with others.”

J.P. Moreland, author and Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University


“The many creative and friendly approaches explored in this book eliminate the intimidation of sharing with Mormons. Each way is unique and is explained by contributors who have long practiced what they preach.  Highly recommended!”

Donna Morley, PhD, author, adjunct professor at The Master’s University, and cofounder of Faith and Reason Forum


“This jewel has enough facets to equip each of us for reaching Mormons, and those who leave the Mormon church, with commonsense twenty-first-century tools. Experts in their field have teamed up with general editors Eric Johnson and Sean McDowell to provide an informative work filled with practical training, riveting testimonies, and sound apologetics. Well done!”

Judy Salisbury, founder/president of Logos Presentations, author of Reasons for Faith and Divine Appointments


Bonus Chapters (Available only on this site)

The following are additional chapters to Sharing the Good News with Mormons.

Podcasts with the contributors

From April 23rd through June 2018, the contributors of Sharing the Good News with Mormons will be interviewed by MRM’s Bill McKeever and Eric Johnson on the daily show Viewpoint on Mormonism. Check these out!


Contents of the Book

Foreword by Josh McDowell

Read more about Josh at Josh.org


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


Section 1: Basic Training Approaches


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

Radio Show Part 1   Radio Show Part 2    Radio Show Part 3

Read more from Mark at ConfidentFaithBook.com/


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

Radio Show Part 1  Radio Show Part 2  Radio Show Part 3  July 16-18, 2018

Interview on the Rapp Report

Read more from Sean at SeanMcDowell.com 


Chapter 3: Did God really say so? The Reliability-of-the-Bible Approach  Matt Slick

Video Introduction (3:12)

Radio Show Part 1   Radio Show Part 2

Read more from Matt at Carm.org


Chapter 4: Who is the Real Jesus? The Christ-centered Approach   Dr. Rob Bowman

 Radio Show Part 1   Radio Show Part 2   Radio Show Part 3

Read more from Rob at Irr.org


Spotlight: Brett Kunkle

Read more from Brett at MavenTruth.com


Section 2: Reasoning Approaches


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

Radio Show Part 1   Radio Show Part 2

Interview on the Rapp Report

Read more from Jim at ColdCaseChristianity.com


Chapter 6: Undermining Confidence in a Mormon’s Personal Testimony: The Police-Lineup Approach  Dr. Corey Miller

Radio Show Part 1    Radio Show Part 2

Read more from Corey at RatioChristi.org


Chapter 7:  Joseph Smith’s First Vision and The Book of Mormon: The Historical Approach  Bill McKeever

Video Introduction (2:31)

Radio Show 1    Radio Show 2

Teaching at Manti

Manti Reference Sheets that Bill uses to show Mormons on the streets, as mentioned on the shows

Bill sharing at the Mormon Miracle Pageant in Manti:

Read more from Bill at Mrm.org


Chapter 8: Using Surveys with Mormons: The Polling Approach  Chip Thompson

Video Introduction (1:52)

YouTube 30-minute presentation

Radio Show Part 1   Part 2  Part 3  

See more from Chip at TriGrace.org


Spotlight: Micah Wilder

Hear the music from Adam’s Road Ministry at adamsroadministry.com

To see the story of Micah and Adam’s Road, see the YouTube video Unveiling Grace


Section 3: Particular People Approaches


Chapter 9: Interacting with Mormon Family Members: The Keeping-Good-Relations Approach    Carl Wimmer

YouTube 30-minute presentation


Chapter 10: When the Elders Come Calling: The Missionaries-at-Your-Door Approach

Sandra Tanner

Video Introduction (1:33)

Radio Show Part 1     Radio Show Part 2

Sandra Tanner’s Story (at Mormon Miracle Pageant)

Read more from Sandra at utlm.org


Chapter 11: Reaching out to LDS Women: The Compassion Approach  Becky Walker

Video Introduction (3:51)

See the video 10,000 Tissues: The Outreach in Utah


Chapter 12: Preaching from an Asbestos Suit: Reasoning-with-Mormons-on-the-Internet Approach   Fred Anson

Radio Show Part 1     Radio Show Part 2

Read more from Fred at BeggarsBread.org


Spotlight: Brody Olson


  Section 4:  Invitational Approaches


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

Video Introduction (3:20)

Radio Show 1           Radio Show 2

Teaching at Manti

Read Aaron’s blog at aaronshaf.wordpress.com

Aaron is responsible for Theopedia.com

Aaron has a number of videos located at his YouTube page.


Chapter 14: LISTEN: The Conversational Approach   Dr. David Geisler/Brian Henson

Radio Show 1   Radio Show 2

Read more from David and Brian at Ngim.org


Chapter 15: Authentic, Humble Dialogues with Mormons: The Colombo Approach  Dr. Lynn Wilder

Radio Show 1   Radio Show 2

Read more from Lynn at UnveilingMormonism.com


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

Radio Show 1        Radio Show 2

To learn more about the church pastored by Bryan, go to LifelineCommunity.com


Spotlight: Shane Jones

To see more about the Solid Rock Cafe, go to SolidRockCafeUT.com


Section 5: LDS Event Approaches


Chapter 17: Let your Voice be Heard: The Open-Air Evangelism Approach  Andrew Rappaport

Video Introduction (2:18)

Radio Show 1  Radio Show 2

Teaching at Manti

To see more from Andrew, go to StrivingForEternity.org

Check out videos of Andrew in action by visiting his YouTube channel.


Chapter 18: Extra! Extra! Read all about It: The Newspaper Approach  Sharon Lindbloom

Radio Showt 1      Radio Show 2 

Read Sharon’s twice-a-month column Mormonism In the News


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

Video Introduction  (2:57)

Radio Show 1    Radio Show 2

Does John Newton’s Amazing Grace belong in the LDS Church hymnal?

Blog interview of Eric Johnson by Sean McDowell

Christ, Culture, Coffee Podcast with Robby Lashua 11/9/18

Read more on The Miracle of Forgiveness approach by visiting TheMiracleOfForgiveness.com


Chapter 20: Website Advertising: The Sign Approach  Rob Sivulka

Video introduction by Rob Sivulka(4:19)

Radio Show 1   Radio Show 2

Manti Teaching

Check out witnessing encounters with Rob

Read more from Rob at MormonInfo.org


Spotlight: Steve Dealy

Read more from Steve at Mission2Mormons.org


Section 6  Salvation Approaches


Chapter 21:  When Being Good is not Good Enough: The Awareness-of-Sin Approach  Joel Groat

Video Introduction (5:15)

Radio Show Part 1   Radio Show Part 2

Reaching Mormons Video Part 1

Read more from Joel at irr.org


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

Video Introduction (2:19)

 Radio Show Part 1   Radio Show Part 2 

Teaching in Manti

To learn more about the church pastored by Loren, go to TheBridgeUtah.org


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

Radio Show Part    Radio Show Part 2

Read more from John at ThinkAboutEternity.org


Chapter 24: I’m Trying My Best: The Impossible-Gospel Approach  Keith Walker

Video Introduction (2:40)

Radio Show Part 1  Radio Show Part 2

Get more from Keith at EvidenceMinistries.org

For videos on the Impossible Gospel featuring Keith, go here.


Spotlight: James Walker

Read more from James at Watchman.org


Epilogue: Go For It!            Sean McDowell


Appendix 1: The Gospel According to the Bible

For unique videos produced by Pastor Ritch Sandford of The Mission Church, click GodLovesMormons.com


Appendix 2: 101 Mormons Terms Defined (from Aaronic Priesthood to Zion)

For other definitions as given at mrm.org, click here.


Word Index   


Scripture Index

Editor Bios

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

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