New Book Shares a New Approach to Theology, Evangelism, and Preaching

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Enlightenment and wisdom await readers within the pages of author C. Thomas Elkins’ “To Tell The Story”

Offering wisdom and understanding to every reader, To Tell The Story is a comprehensive study by author C. Thomas Elkins proposing that the “Narrative Recital” of God’s actions regarding his creation, related orally over centuries and later recorded in Scripture, forms the basis for the most effective approach to Reflective Theology, Persuasive Evangelism and Effective Preaching. It also proposes that a return to the use of the basic Story offers the best method for clear presentation of the Story in these three fields of Christian Ministry.

“True stories, as is the Gospel Story, will take precedence over stories told only for entertainment or to serve a specific agenda, Yet even the stories of integrity and truth need to be told well and with skill. This is discussed in detail herein. As Theologians we must tell the Story with truth and understanding; as Evangelists with persuasiveness and tolerance, and as Preachers, or Witnesses, we must share the Story often, convincingly and with Love,” the author stresses.

Divided into three significant parts, To Tell The Story examines the use of the Biblical Narrative as the source of “Theological Reflection”; it depicts an effort to develop a “Persuasive Evangelism” that will assist everyone, as Minister, to be more effective in telling the Story to those who tend to be more skeptical and suspicious of previous doctrinal and confrontational approaches; and it investigates the potential of a Narrative Approach to the “Privilege and Practice of Preaching,” as everyone seeks to effectively share the Good News, revealed to him or her in God’s story, and how God’s story interacts with his or her stories.

This book will be featured at the California School Library Book Exhibit in Pasadena, CA on November 11-14, 2011.

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To Tell The Story * by C. Thomas Elkins
A Narrative Approach To Theology, Evangelism And Preaching A Dissertation Submitted To The Faculty Of The School Of Theology Fuller Theological Seminary In Partial Fulfillment Of The Requirements For The Degree Doctor Of Ministry
Publication Date: February 10, 2011
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 202 pages; 978-1-4568-6323-4
eBook; $9.99; 978-1-4568-6324-1

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