Modern Believing

METAPHORS FOR EVANGELISM

Modern Believing (2019), 60, (3), 227–241.

Abstract

This paper identifies and critiques four key metaphors that have been dominant in shaping the Christian churches’ understanding and practice of evangelism historically, and which are still powerful today: rescue, battle, healing and teaching. The extent to which these metaphors are helpful in liberal evangelism is discussed. Finally, some alternative metaphors – play, midwifery, storytelling – are proposed.

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Threlfall-Holmes, Miranda