A Credible Witness: Reflections on Power, Evangelism and Race

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InterVarsity Press, Sep 20, 2009 - Religion - 160 pages
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Meet Jesus and Sam. Evangelist and teacher Brenda Salter McNeil thinks evangelism that only introduces people to Jesus is incomplete. The picture is much larger than that, she claims: Christ's death and resurrection reconcile us to God and to each other across gender, race and social lines. Jesus' encounter with the Samaritan woman, introduced here as Brenda's friend Sam, gives you the full picture of gospel reconciliation--reconciliation to God and to each other. In her powerful, prophetic way, Brenda expounds their interaction recorded in John 4 and shares her own story of coming to Christ and learning to relate to other Christians. A Credible Witness tells you why both types of reconciliation are necessary, and moves you to be a person whose evangelism happens through a right relationship with God and others. "In today's world," Brenda writes, "we too are called to embody more than one type of reconciliation. The good news brings us to God, and it also brings life and healing to a broken, dying and divided world. Anything less is not the gospel."
 

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Contents

FOREWORD
9
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
13
Becoming a Credible Witness
15
KNOW MY CONTEXT TO KNOW MY STORY
27
BEGIN WITH A DIVINE MANDATE
38
ENGAGE IN INTENTIONAL INTERACTION
49
RELINQUISH POWER AND EMBRACE NEED
57
TAKE RISKS TO REACH OUT
74
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
13
INTRODUCTION Becoming a Credible Witness
15
KNOW MY CONTEXT TO KNOW MY STORY
27
BEGIN WITH A DIVINE MANDATE
38
ENGAGE IN INTENTIONAL INTERACTION
49
RELINQUISH POWER AND EMBRACE NEED
57
TAKE RISKS TO REACH OUT
74
DEVELOP RECIPROCITY AND INTERDEPENDENCE
84

DEVELOP RECIPROCITY AND INTERDEPENDENCE
84
GO BEYOND THE SUPERFICIAL
91
BE AUTHENTIC AND TRANSPARENT IN WORSHIP
99
MAKE A LIFECHANGING DECISION
106
TAKE ACTION TO BE COUNTERCULTURAL
113
BE A BRIDGE BUILDER
120
Taking the Witness Stand with J Derek McNeil
128
Leading a Group Discussion
135
FURTHER READING
154
NOTES
155
FOREWORD
9
GO BEYOND THE SUPERFICIAL
91
8 BE AUTHENTIC AND TRANSPARENT IN WORSHIP
99
MAKE A LIFECHANGING DECISION
106
TAKE ACTION TO BE COUNTERCULTURAL
113
BE A BRIDGE BUILDER
120
Taking the Witness Stand with J Derek McNeil
128
APPENDIX Leading a Group Discussion
135
FURTHER READING
154
NOTES
155
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About the author (2009)

Rev. Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil is a dynamic speaker, author and trailblazer with over twenty-five years of experience in the ministry of racial, ethnic and gender reconciliation. She was featured as one of the fifty most influential women to watch by Christianity Today in 2012 and is an associate professor of reconciliation studies in the School of Theology at Seattle Pacific University, where she also directs the Reconciliation Studies program. Salter McNeil was previously the president and founder of Salter McNeil & Associates, a reconciliation organization that provided speaking, training and consulting to colleges, churches and faith-based organizations. She also served on the staff of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship for fourteen years as a Multiethnic Ministries Specialist. She earned a MDiv from Fuller Theological Seminary, a DMin from Palmer Theological Seminary and was awarded a Doctorate of Humane Letters from North Park University. She is an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Covenant Church and is on the pastoral staff of Quest Church in Seattle. In addition, she serves on the board of directors for Wycliffe USA and InterVarsity Christian Fellowship USA. She is also the coauthor of The Heart of Racial Justice and the author of A Credible Witness. Brenda lives in Seattle with her husband Dr. J. Derek McNeil and their two children.

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