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


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


Endorsements

“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


“The book you hold in your hands represents an unprecedented treasury of practical wisdom and advice on how to share your faith in Jesus Christ with Latter-day Saints. Far from offering a one-size-fits-all approach to reaching Mormons for Christ, the contributors share a range of approaches they have developed over many years of effective, on-the-ground evangelistic interaction.  It is a ‘tactical toolbox’ from which you may explore a range of approaches in search of the one (or more) that works best for you. During and after my time as a seminary professor in Utah I came to know and trust many of the contributors to this volume, and I can honestly say that a better and more credible collection of contributors can hardly be imagined.

Ronald V. Huggins, former Associate Professor of Historical and Theological Studies, Salt Lake Theological Seminary


“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 #1             Radio Show #2

Read more from Mark at ConfidentFaithBook.com/


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

Radio Show #1            Radio Show #2

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 #1           Radio Show #2

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 #1          Radio Show #2

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 #1          Radio Show #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

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

Read more from Bill at Mrm.org


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

 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

Radio Show #1             Radio Show #2


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

 Radio Show Part 1     Radio Show Part 2

Read more from Sandra at utlm.org


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

Radio Show #1             Radio Show #2

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 #1             Radio Show #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

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

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

Radio Show #1             Radio Show #2

To see more from Andrew, go to StrivingForEternity.org


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

Radio Show #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 by Eric Johnson

Sharing the Good News with Mormons presentation PDF (used by Eric in church meetings)

Radio Show 1    Radio Show 2

Blog interview of Eric Johnson by Sean McDowell

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


Chapter 20: Website Advertising: The Sign Approach              Rob Sivulka

Radio Show #1             Radio Show #2

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

Radio Show #1             Radio Show #2

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 #1             Radio Show #2

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 1  Part 2   May 14-15, 2018

 

Read more from John at ThinkAboutEternity.org


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

Radio Show #1             Radio Show #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.