I was privileged to spend some time talking with Tim Keller after his recent university mission at oxford university. One of the best parts of the mission for me was the structure of the evening event.
20 minute talk – Tim Keller
5 minute student testimony
15 minutes questions – answered by Tim
10 minute wrap up – Tim Keller
This was for an evening evangelistic event and in some circles this would have been pretty radical / controversial as the only kind of talks that counts is 40 minute exposition. Interestingly the lunch time talks were more of a 35 minute exposition with very few questions.
I think answering questions ought to be more normal than it currently is for preachers – especially as we live in web2.0 kind of world – where people expect the right to reply and engage when listening / watching.
Tim is singularly brilliant at answering questions and so when I caught up with him after the event I asked him how someone could develop the skill of answering difficult questions.
What are your tips in becoming better at answering difficult questions?