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CONVERSATIONS

Will and James

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Will didn't want to partake, but James did. They tell me that they are trying to get to Lancaster, PA. So I decide to help them with a bus ticket.

 

As we walk to the station, we agree to have a conversation about spiritual things. James (a non-believer) is receptive, but Will (the professing Christian) isn't.

 

Notice how in the course of our discussion the name Jesus doesn't enter in until I bring up His name 11 and 1/2 minutes in.

Rich

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Rich says that he's not a Christian. He has seen a lot of hypocrisy in the church and he doesn't want to be labeled among them.

 

For help in answering the charge of hypocrisy in the church, check out my blog post here: https://www.bringingtruth.com/post/th...

 

After taking some time to deal with the objection of hypocrisy, we learn that Rich simply doesn't want to repent. Jesus asked, "What will it profit a man to gain the whole world, yet lose his soul?"

Carlton

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Ever talk with someone who doesn't want to talk with you?

I submit to you my "conversation" with Carlton.

"Heaven is here on earth...

We all go to hell when we die...

Have a good day."

George

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I do an interview with George, AKA the Little Black Mayor.

 

He doesn't think the Bible is trustworthy, and when I ask him to tell me why, he doesn't offer anything in terms of backing up that claim.

 

What we can learn: when someone states any position, or raises any sort of objection, it's not necessarily our job to formulate a defense, especially if no reasons have been offered from that person.

Butch

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Butch is addicted to crack.

 

We talk and I pray for him.

 

My favorite part is at the end when he said he would ponder what we spoke about.

Pete

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Pete is a guy I met on the streets of Harrisburg. He claims to have been a criminal psychologist who worked at the White House during the Reagan administration.

 

He rejects the truthfulness of the Scriptures based upon some demonstrable false information. He speaks of the "King Edwards" Bible written in 1802 in NYC.

 

As I begin to challenge him on those statements, he decides that our conversation is over.

Renee

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Renee is a woman who knows that she needs the forgiveness offered only through Jesus.

 

I encourage her to repent of her sins and trust in the Lord for her salvation.

 

She says she will consider my admonition.

Nolan

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Nolan knows that he's not living right.

 

We talk about how vital repentance is to being in a right relationship with God.

 

Sadly, our conversation got cut short.

Alexander

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The tail-end of a conversation with Alexander the believer.

 

I ask him about "accepting Jesus".

 

Is there a difference between "accepting" and "receiving" Jesus?

 

I attempt to make my case that there is.

Raheem Part 2

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A follow-up with Raheem, a devout Muslim.

 

We spoke by phone. I was at the church, he was at the mosque.

 

We discussed the major differences between Christianity and Islam, and we did it peacefully. We both hold our respective beliefs very tightly, and we each want to see the other person come to the truth.

Edited for brevity.

Elteresa

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A crazy conversation!

 

When we seek to engage with people on the street concerning the big questions of life, we meet some interesting characters. Elteresa is one of them!

 

Although she was certainly fun to talk with, it was very difficult to get her to stay on topic. Such that, during and after our conversation I had to ask myself, "Am I wasting my time?" I concluded that it wasn't a complete waste of time. You be the judge. Edited for brevity.

Preacher

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Preacher is one of the most colorful characters I have ever met.

We start talking about the NBA, but then we get into his extensive past including multiple felonies and jail time.

 

This conversation is raw to be sure.

 

With regards to language, it is unedited, so parental advisory is in effect.

My Mom

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A conversation about Judgment Day with my own mother. I've kept the context of the conversation in so people can hear what it sounds like to talk about faith over breakfast. We're eating in a bowling alley (you can hear that in the background, including my kids chiming in at times).

 

The reason for these videos is to encourage other Christians to have similar conversations, and do a better job than me at sharing their faith.

 

So, as you listen, eat the meat and spit out the bones. 

Eddie

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Eddie is a friend of my mother. He's helping me move her on a very snowy day in Syracuse, NY.

 

He and I have a conversation while driving a moving truck. This conversation may be a bit frustrating to listen to because I try to stay on point (not very successfully I might add) and Eddie seems to avoid and obfuscate many of my questions.

 

Nevertheless, I post this because sometimes this is how witness encounters go, and we can have them anytime and anywhere, even with people we have just met. 

Hippy

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Hippy has been around Harrisburg for a long time. I regularly have these conversations with him in hopes that he will turn from his sins and trust in Christ.

 

Hippy appears to be a nice guy, and I do enjoy his company. However, he will sometimes say things that are racist (or at least borderline racist).

 

To this date, he has been unwilling to repent, and he is willing to spend an eternity in hell. I continue to talk with him and pray for his soul.

Hippy Part 2

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Street evangelists sometimes get a bad rap for being "hit and run" evangelists. "They don't spend the necessary time to build relationships with people." That is not always a fair accusation.

 

Hippy is out escaping from his "religious wife", and he keeps running into me. He's beginning to grow on me, and I am enjoying my time with him. He's a character.

 

We talk about King David and his sin and subsequent repentance. I'll admit, this can be frustrating to listen to because the conversation goes all over the place. 

Raheem

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How would you share your faith with a Muslim?

 

Listen as I talk with Raheem, and if you like, feel free to share your comments as to how you thought the conversation went. I'm always open to suggestions and constructive criticism.

 

I thought it was a good-natured conversation, but obviously we differ on the character and nature of God, and how God has revealed Himself to man. (click for more)

Edited for brevity.

Jim

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My conversation with Jim - a Unitarian Universalist. Jim and I have very different views on the Bible. He doesn't believe that it's 100% reliable, therefore he doesn't fully trust it.

 

So much of our discussion centers around what we mean when we say that the Bible is inspired. At one point, Jim brings up the genealogies found in Matthew and Luke. His claim is that they irreconcilably conflict with each other. Upon further research... (click for more

 

Edited for brevity.

Jessica

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Jessica is a very nice girl. We both have a Roman Catholic background. She has been taught a lot of dogma, and she reads her Bible occasionally (on the toilet :-), but I'm not sure she fully understands how glorious the gospel is for guilty sinners like us.

 

Many people are taught many things from a young age, but God must open the heart! Jessica and I had a good give-and-take, so I enjoyed this conversation very much.

Edited for brevity.

Ken

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Ken and I talk about Mennonites and the Amish very briefly.

 

For many people they think that Christianity is all about following a set of rules. Strict adherence to the Law will save no one.

 

It's not about what we can do for God, it's about what God has done for us!

 

Edited for brevity.

Ed

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Ed is a friend of mine who happens to be an antagonistic atheist.

 

Even though we have very different worldviews, we still always have very cordial conversations. I appreciate that about him.

 

This conversation took place in the hospital, by his bedside, as he had just suffered a heart attack. We cover a lot of topics here, take a listen. I continue to pray for Ed.

 

Edited for brevity.

Ralph

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Ralph and I have a very pleasant conversation. Not all witness encounters need to be contentious.

 

Even when encountering another professing born again Christian, there are encouragements to share in hopes that the person will incorporate more of the basics into their walk with the Lord, ie. Bible reading, praying, witnessing, etc.

 

Edited for brevity.

Joe

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This is very sad. Joe is an example of someone who doesn't understand the law / gospel distinction. We don't have to travel very far to encounter people who don't know what God has done in Christ. They are right in our own neighborhoods.

 

This seems to me to be an indictment on the church that Joe attends. We must witness even to church-goers, and we shouldn't assume people understand the gospel.

 

Edited for brevity.

Vijay

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Vijay is a convenience store owner who happens to be Hindu. Not only do Vijay and I have different religions, we have radically different viewpoints on truth.

 

Vijay is what's known as a postmodern. That is, truth is whatever you want it to be. You decide whatever is true for you and because you believe it, it becomes true for you.

 

Audio gets better after a minute or two.

 

Edited for brevity.

Don

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I met Don at the bus stop. He had some very unbiblical views regarding the afterlife.

 

When a person espouses such views, a good question to ask them is, "How did you come to that conclusion?"

 

As we began to get into it, his bus came and we had to part ways.

 

Edited for brevity.

George and Paul

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My first street conversation. George and Paul are two homeless gentlemen with Roman Catholic backgrounds. George wasn't taking it very serious, however I think Paul was.

 

Paul says something very telling - "I said the prayer."

 

Once the conversation got around to sin, righteousness and impending judgment, both of them wanted to be done. Therefore, the conversation ends rather abruptly.

 

Edited for brevity.

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