Caller: “My child committed suicide today” …
When I speak on effective engagement principles I usually begin with a Harvard Business Review article, “If you want people to listen, stop talking!” Listening is the key ingredient of an effective faith conversation. Listening requires time, and we usually don’t “have time” to stop for a question. It is amazing how our words, when we are not careful, get in the way of our conversation. Listening gives you the right to eventually be heard.
We have been in the midst of an epic Unanswered book tour featuring local church events and major media and I have been listening to hundreds of questions. The Unanswered tour is focused solely on answering your questions … and that is why it has gained so much traction.
Last Sunday night, I was honored to be interviewed on “Sunday Night Live” – KSBJ – Houston. There were so many callers they extended the interview from sixty to eighty minutes; however, I cannot stop thinking about the anonymous caller who asked for help because their family had experienced a suicide that very day. It reminded me, Jesus never flinched when someone asked him a question. Indeed, Jesus asked over 100 questions in the Gospels. All of us need to be more sensitive to the people and that means we need to become better listeners. – Jeremiah J. Johnston, Ph.D.
P.S. I am thankful for our many supporters and friends committed to pray for Christian Thinkers Society. Unanswered: Lasting Truth for Trending Questions was featured in an article last week in Publisher’s Weekly.
Jeremiah’s Upcoming Media Appearances
Upcoming Media Events: March 1, 2016 “Life Line with Craig Roberts” on KFAX-FM at 7:15pm CT. Listen Live! March 3, 2016 Chris Fabry Live! On Moody Radio Network 2pm CT. Listen Live! March 4, 2016 Jeremiah Dunlap with the Relevant Podcast/RELEVANT Magazine will interview Dr. Jeremiah. March 14, 2016 Tommy Briggs & Jeff Howe YES-FM March 15, 2016 Michelle Vu from the Christian Post will interview Dr. Jeremiah. All of these events will be posted in upcoming CTS blogs at ChristianThinkers.com.
Jeremiah’s Most Recent Interviews (For a complete list of archived media interviews visit the CTS Blog): Feb 25: In the Market with Janet Parshall Feb 26: Bob Dutko WMUZ Nationally Syndicated Feb 28: Sunday Night Live! KSBJ. FoxNews “Why are so many Christians biblically illiterate?”
Filming with LifeWay Publishing
I was honored to be asked to film for LifeWay’s Discipleship [Thru] webcast Here is LifeWay’s description, courtesy of my friend, JR: Broadcasting May 3rd, which features insights from nationally recognized Pastors and Christian thought leaders. The webcast will better equip local church pastors and small group leaders for ministry by demonstrating how the Scriptures address the various life issues facing our community of believers.
A Word of Thanks to My Co-Pilot …
We are blessed at HBU to have amazing talent. Michael produces all of our CTS media interviews and is a constant encourager. I am thankful for him because his technical expertise has allowed us to expand our audience reach tremendously.