Therefore, brothers and sisters, you must be patient as you wait for the coming of the Lord.
7 Therefore, brothers and sisters, you must be patient as you wait for the coming of the Lord. Consider the farmer who waits patiently for the coming of rain in the fall and spring, looking forward to the precious fruit of the earth. 8 You also must wait patiently, strengthening your resolve, because the coming of the Lord is near. 9 Don’t complain about each other, brothers and sisters, so that you won’t be judged. Look! The judge is standing at the door!
10 Brothers and sisters, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord as an example of patient resolve and steadfastness.
You gave it your best shot. You made the best case you could and your friend still wasn't persuaded to follow Christ. Why is it that solid, rational arguments for the Christian faith often fail?
For more than fifty years James W. Sire, noted author and public defender of the Christian faith, has asked himself that question. Sometimes, of course, the arguments themselves just aren't that good. How can you make them better? Sometimes the problem has to do with you and not the arguments. Your arrogance, aggressiveness or cleverness gets in the way or you misread our audience. And sometimes the problem lies with your hearers. Their worldview or moral blindness keeps them from hearing and understanding the truth.
With wisdom borne of both formal and informal experience, Sire grapples with these issues and offers practical insight to help you make a more persuasive case for Christ.