Evangelism and Religious Diplomacy Complement One Another

Uncommon God, Common Good | 5/18/2019 | Staff
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By Paul Louis Metzger and John W. Morehead Two upcoming events focus on Christian witness, specifically evangelism and religious diplomacy. These events in the Greater Portland area occur within a few days of one another. Their proximity in time provide us in this blog post with an opportunity to discuss their relationship. Evangelism and religious diplomacy complement rather than contradict one another, when pursued in a straightforward and honest manner.

On Thursday, May 30, the Luis Palau Association is putting on an event titled “Show & Tell: What’s at the Heart of our Faith?” Mark Mittelberg, Greg Stier, and Shaila Visser are the featured speakers in a two-part activity for the day. The first part is a “Lunch Gathering for Leaders” that takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. As the Palau website states, “This special event presented by the Portland Evangelism Team” will include “inspiring conversation about the heart of gospel-sharing faith.” The second part of the day’s event is an “Evening Gathering for Local Believers” from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. This will be a time to hear inspiring stories about Christians sharing their faith so as to equip Christians for evangelism.

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Three days later on June 2 there will be an Evangelical and Latter-day Saint dialogue event. This is the fourth gathering in a series of dialogues that have been held over a period of two years. The title is “Fence Posts and Front Porches: When Joseph Smith and Billy Graham Live Next Door.” “Fence Posts” serve as a metaphor for doctrinal boundaries between diverse religious and ideological neighbors. “Front Porches” provide spaces where people of diverse religious and ideological perspectives living in close proximity gather for friendly conversations. The conversation will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Tualatin Stake Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of...
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