Real relationships take time and intentionality. But they also require us to bring our whole selves. Being real means that we share our ideas and opinions—even when they differ from others. For real relationships with others to thrive, we must find ways to have honest, real conversations.

In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson dig into the summer miniseries called Showing Up. Each episode explores the challenges we face to show up in the world. Erin and Hannah invite Rebecca McLaughlin to help us learn how to show up in conversations despite our differences. Rebecca grew up in the United Kingdom and holds a Ph.D. in English literature from Cambridge as well as a theology degree from Oak Hill College in London. She is cofounder of Vocable Communications and former vice president of content at the Veritas Forum, where she spent almost a decade working with Christian academics at leading secular universities. Learning to have honest, charitable faith dialogue is a passion for Rebecca, whose latest book is titled The Secular Creed: Engaging Five Contemporary Claims. This conversation covers a whole host of topics related to engaging others in matters of faith by showing up with your whole self—differing beliefs and all. Is it possible to clearly and charitably share your faith with others in today’s climate? How can we be confident enough to share yet gentle enough to sustain connection with people with different beliefs? What kind of preparation will help us share the gospel with others today? Listen in for dialogue on questions like these as we learn how to show up together. Then continue the conversation on Twitter @PersuasionCAPC or in the CAPC members-only community on Facebook.


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The Secular Creed: Engaging Five Contemporary Claims by Rebecca McLaughlin

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Did you enjoy this episode of Persuasion? Give the entire series a listen:

Persuasion 217 | Showing Up Again

Persuasion 218 | Real Relationships, with Rachel Pieh Jones

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