19 responses

  1. Vern Hyndman
    December 30, 2010

    Love Nudge… I have a Nudge shaped elbow, and a receptive
    shoulder to the Nudge of Christ-in-the-folks-in-my-world. And
    Christ Himself Nudges me towards trust, towards releasing what is
    meant to flow through my life, towards generousity with others and
    towards accepting that the generosity is for me as well.

  2. Erminia Dulin
    September 26, 2010

    Fantastic blog! I actually love how it is easy on my eyes as well as the information are well written. I am wondering how I can be notified whenever a new post has been made. I have subscribed to your rss feed which should do the trick! Have a nice day!

  3. Pete Veysie
    September 24, 2010

    I am really enjoying both Nudge and Jesus Manifesto. Someone described our church as “B Church”.We are not A Church but we are called to BE Church.This is close to to Last Church and the best Nudgers of all. Thanks for enthusing us again.Blessings Peter Veysie

  4. beverly
    September 22, 2010

    Just for starters, what a relief that I don’t have to go out w/the 4 Spiritual Laws and share it w/everyone I meet! For years I have said that I don’t have the ‘gift of evangelism’. Now I see that being w/Jesus is all I have to do and He will do the rest. He will compel me to say things and I wonder where did that come from? He is wooing His bride and it’s Him not us, we are blessed to be a part of His plan in spite of our humanness. Thank you so much for sharing this interview w/us.

    It truly set us free from ‘doing’ the right thing into living Him before any who would want to receive Him.

  5. frankaviola
    September 21, 2010

    Rose, the so-called great commission is not in the epistles. It was a statement by Jesus Christ to the Twelve, who had lived with him for 3.5 years and whom He trained and sent to the apostolic work. Also, as I’ve pointed out in “Pagan Christianity,” it wasn’t really a commission, but a prediction. In the Greek it says, “and as you are going, make disciples . . . ” It was organic thing.

    What’s never mentioned by people who push the great commission on all of God’s people as some sort of a religious duty is that the apostles didn’t leave the city of Jerusalem for at least 4 years. There was no rush in them to get the world saved. That impulse, which we can traced back to John R. Mott, just doesn’t fit the New Testament narrative.

    So again: you cannot find one place in all the letters to the churches where Paul, Peter, John, James, etc. are telling God’s people to go out and witness or share the gospel with the lost. It was an organic thing, it was something the church did mostly by her life together, and it was also “in season,” like everything else in the Christian life.

    I realize that this blows to bits what’s been passed down to us by D.L. Moody and company, but the fact is, that teaching doesn’t fit what I call “The (Untold) Story of the New Testament Church.” You need to build it with scissors and glue, cutting and pasting verses together to build a doctrine that has put God’s people under a mountain of guilt and condemnation.

    I am thrilled that more and more Christians are discovering that God has an Eternal Purpose that has been hugely neglected, and it goes beyond saving lost souls, but puts it within it’s scriptural and spiritual context.

  6. Christopher Maselli
    September 21, 2010

    I’ll have to pick this one up. The Christocentric focus of this book very much intrigues me, too (thank you for pointing that out, Frank). As I’ve been studying your books and others, I’m arrested at how far away from a Christocentric approach much of our Christianity has become. Thank you and Leonard for reminding us that if our Christian teaching doesn’t point to Jesus, perhaps it’s not very Christian in the first place!

  7. mark
    September 21, 2010

    Thanks for the overview of Len’s new book. I like the idea of nudging. Growing up, I was expected to “shove” people, but I’m just not a shover. The world needs fewer shovers and more nudgers. Or at least some folks who know the difference and have a little discernment. I’ll add this book to my wishlist.

    Examples of nudging? I can think of several. In my experience, it requires a lot of listening. Listen to people that you meet. They’ll tell you a whole lot about themselves if you let them. Shoving is all about your presentation of the gospel. Nudging is more about loving them and seeing the places where they need or are open to a little nudge. Nudging also requires a lack of judging others. I don’t think you can nudge or even budge someone when you stand in judgment over them.

    Love Len’s answers to the last two questions.

  8. Jeff Stucker
    September 20, 2010

    Having gone through much evangelism training and programs, in the hundreds of encounters I’ve had I have only seen three Americans come to faith in Christ through my influence. All three conversions were in response to the Body of Christ — these individuals witnessed a small group of Christians sharing Jesus with one another. They saw the love of God in action as we talked and prayed, and they said, “I want this.” Twice as a student it was in a dorm basement study room where they eavesdropped on the other side of the room, and later once in my wife’s and my living room when a friend invited a friend to join our church small group meeting for the first time.

    The evangelism training helped me confirm their commitments and walk them through assurance of salvation, but in my experience it did nothing to draw anyone to Christ, visibly at least. Jesus had his own agenda including proving to me in those hundreds of encounters that I am not gifted in evangelism and that he draws men to himself through his Body on earth.

  9. Michael Young
    September 20, 2010

    I read Nudge about a month ago, or so. I really liked it. It seemed more like a book on getting to know Jesus in several, sensory ways (smell, touch, taste, feel, hear, and see) than it was about evangelism. That’s why I love the book so much.

  10. Sisterlisa
    September 20, 2010

    I am currently reading ‘Nudge’ and so far I think it’s the best book on evangelism I have ever read, and I have read MANY of them. As I have been reading ‘Nudge’, God showed me that I had already been doing the very thing Leonard writes about. I have a Facebook community of people where I ask thought provoking questions and the dialogue that flows from that are gentle Nudges and I ask that ‘shove’ question of them also..”Who do YOU say that he is and why do you think so?”

    Our community has recognized the Christian Idolatry in the ‘church’ today and have been nudging our way through that to discovering freedom In Christ and putting Him back in the Throne. ;) Over the last year we have had several Facebook friends drive through our city to fellowship in our home and strongholds are coming down. It’s been wonderful.

    • frankaviola
      September 20, 2010

      Thanks for posting, Lisa.

  11. Steve Simms
    September 20, 2010

    I think the worst name for a church is “Broadway Church.” I’ve seen several of them. However, Jesus said “broad is the way that leads to destruction.”

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