Reflections

Going Public with Your Faith

Going Public with Your Faith: Becoming a Spiritual Influence at Work, by William Carr Peel and Walt Larimore (Zondervan: 2003).

From the authors:

Our proposition is simple: For most Christians these days, the workplace — not the church or a foreign mission field — is the primary setting for effective kingdom work. … We contend that the primary historical means God uses to spread the Good News and extend the influence of faith is to “send it to work” with ordinary people.  This was our premise when we teamed up to develop “The Saline Solution,” with the goal of teaching doctors how to talk about their faith with their patients (p. 13).

Evangelism is organic, not mechanical.  Interestingly, the Bible consistently chooses an agrarian model to describe evangelism.  Evangelism, after all, is a process comparable to growing a crop: cultivation + planting ==> harvest.  It takes time to cultivate a relationship in which seeds of biblical truth can be planted and can grow, resulting in an eventual harvest of eternal life (p. 14).

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction — 11
  • 1. Spiritual Economics — 17
  • 2. Called to the Workplace — 31
  • 3. Is Anyone Hungry? — 47
  • 4. Earning the Right to Be Heard — 59
  • 5. Keep It Simple — 75
  • 6. Fostering Curiosity — 87
  • 7. Building Strategic Alliances — 103
  • 8. Evangelism By Walking Around — 118
  • 9. How to Walk through an Open Door — 134
  • 10. The Whole Truth — 150
  • 11. Facing Objections — 168
  • 12. Making the Mission Possible — 134
  • 13. The Start-Up — 197
  • 14. An Eternal Impact One Life at a Time — 209