Neil Shenvi about his new book Why Believe? A Reasoned Approach to Christianity.
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Courage and Godspeed,
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In Chapter Four of J. Warner Wallace's book Forensic Faith, he provides five principles for convincing communication:
1. Pick a jury insightfully
2. Instruct your jury evidentially
3. Make an opening statement enthusiastically
4. Present the evidence powerfully
5. Make a closing argument persuasively
Part of the fifth principle includes summarizing your evidence visually.
I employed this principle recently while attempting to illustrate the connection between two passages in the New Testament on the topic of faith.
I used Ephesians 6:16 where faith is symbolized by a shield that can be used to extinguish the arrows of the evil one-
Ephesians 6:16 (CSB)
In every situation take up the shield of faith with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
When considering what makes up the "shield of faith," I believe you can find this in 2 Peter 1:3-7. Verses 8-12 explain the impact and importance of maintaining your shield-
2 Peter 1:3-12 (CSB)
As Wallace points out in Forensic Faith1, you do not have to be a trained illustrator to create a simple diagram to help someone understand what is being presented. In my illustration below, I was able to draw a simple sketch that consists of multiple layers that make up the qualities needed to supplement one's faith or shield. At the center, I strategically placed the quality of love, which is the most important of all (see 1 Corinthians 13:13).
1- Forensic Faith, pg. 191