Monologues are fine if we are listening to an enjoyable comedian or talk show host. But not in everyday life. Have you ever met someone who talks incessantly and never lets you get a word in edgewise? Their monologuing makes us feel uncomfortable and belittled; they are not interested in our opinions, only in expressing their own. So, we are not apt to befriend them and maybe even avoid them.
On the other hand, most people enjoy dialogue—meaningful conversations in which each person finds common ground and shares ideas and viewpoints. Real learning happens when we meet others halfway and wrestle with concepts that are new to us. Conversations of consequence are always dialogues.
In this series, apologist Michael Bossman leads us on a journey of learning how to engage in meaningful discourse about our faith. He is the founder of Y2 Believe, whose mission is to prepare college students to winsomely articulate a rational basis for Christianity. Bossman hopes to help us involve others in consequential discussion about our faith without feeling uneasy or awkward. These “Conversations of Consequence” are brief dialogues that often tether specific facts from history, philosophy, and science with Christian beliefs rooted in Scripture. They are not impromptu or off-the-cuff remarks; instead, they are well-thought-out open-ended questions prepared in advance based on clear objectives.
You can learn how to engage your family, friends, and acquaintances in conversations that really matter. Discussions about the big questions of life: Who am I? Why am I here? Who is God? You can learn to be comfortable turning the direction of a conversation toward something more profound. And through active listening, connect with others and expand your relationships while spreading the gospel’s good news.