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CNLP 083: Ravi Zacharias on How Preaching And Evangelism Need to Change to Reach the Next Generation

Few people alive today have spoken to as many non believers and believers alike as Ravi Zacharias.

In this interview, Ravi shares what’s changed in people’s attitudes toward Christianity and what needs to change in Western preaching to effectively share the Gospel with the next generation.

Welcome to Episode 83 of the Podcast.


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3 Things You Can Do Right Away

How do we begin to step into the changes of facing Christianity in the midst of cultural changes? Ravi Zacharias emphasizes how leaders need to shape and sharpen our messages to have a more powerful impact.

  1. The message has to be interesting. If it’s not interesting, we’re competing against a world that has a scorching paganism, and you can’t put tepid Christianity beside it.
  1. Effective preaching needs to be intellectually rigorous. Preachers need to fully engage the mind and the heart. Without the heart, intellect becomes intellectualism.
  1. Effective preaching needs to be emotionally connected. Preachers need to fully engage the heart and the mind. Without the mind, emotional preaching becomes emotionalism.

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CNLP 083: Ravi Zacharias on How Preaching And Evangelism Need to Change to Reach the Next Generation


  1. Chris Logan on April 12, 2016 at 1:36 pm


    As a worship pastor, I was so encouraged by the bit about the continuity of the story. If we worship pastors don’t know the story, we can’t plan a service – or more accurately, curate an environment – that helps people respond in person. Furthermore, we so often forget that the our worship gatherings aren’t the point – our gathering NEEDS to be DEEPLY connected to our SENDING practices, but we don’t seem to connect them very often!

  2. Scott on April 12, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    Great interview, Ravi is probably one of my favorite teachers because of the rigorous intellect and emotional connection to the audience.

  3. Brian Cunnington on April 12, 2016 at 8:46 am

    Great podcast to celebrate a very significant milestone, Carey — a real challenge to what Christian Smith refers to as the ‘moralistic therapeutic deism’ that seems to have captured so much of the contemporary imagination.

    • Carey Nieuwhof on April 12, 2016 at 1:35 pm

      Thanks. So true Brian!

    • Gary Davis on April 15, 2016 at 8:35 am

      Solid discernment.

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