Now available in summary form is Os Guinness’ “Fool’s Talk: Recovering the Art of Christian Persuasion” This book’s value is multifaceted but wins the day for instructing believers on how to winsomely engage the culture with the Gospel of Christ.
Especially helpful is Guinness’ insight into our age of acute self-promotion (E.g., media freaks) or hyper Narcissism. To reach the indifferent, belligerent, enemies of the Gospel with the message, Guinness holds that we must consider four elements. First, we must start by understanding the nature of unbelief. Second, we must look at how God addresses unbelief. Third, we must reach unbelievers where they’re at, not where we hoped they would be. Fourth, we must go to the core problem—the heart!
Moreover, Scripture must inform our mode of communication to unbelievers and we must always consider the audience when aiming to persuade. In order to guide the conversation and be persuasive we must keep in mind five “pillars” of the Faith in our message: creation, fall, incarnation, cross, the Spirit. These properly focus a gospel centered apologetic.
If you haven’t read the book, the summaries are a helpful start but never a substitute. Happy reading!