New Creation Conversations 089 - Dr. Jeff Stark on the Goodness of the Good News and How Evangelism is a Way of Life
Welcome to episode eighty-nine of New Creation Conversations. My conversation today is with a friend and colleague in Nazarene higher education, Dr. Jeff Stark. Jeff teaches Missional Theology at Olivet Nazarene University and is the Director of both Graduate Programming and the Center of Theological Leadership at the university. Jeff’s scholarship and teaching largely focuses on the intersection of Church and culture. He also teaches courses that address the substantive theological concerns regarding racial reconciliation, peacemaking, biblical-justice, and evangelism in the 21st century. Jeff will share some of his amazing testimony meeting Christ while serving in the Army as an Arabic linguist. Jeff served as a pastor in Tennessee and Illinois before joining the faculty at Olivet.
Our conversation centers around his recently released book, The News is Good: Evangelism as a Way of Life(published by The Foundry Press). In the book, Jeff invites readers into the everyday world of an evangelistic Christian life in order to show that making disciples isn’t a formulaic, multi-step program. Instead, true and effective evangelism is an honest way of doing life alongside those with whom we already find ourselves in community. It is a very helpful, insightful, and accessible book and a rich conversation.