Greg also speaks about his background as an attorney and how it has helped him to be attentive to logical argumentation and the importance of clarity in his speech.
The final section of the interview gives some clear advice on how to invite people to turn their lives over to Jesus in a way that is both welcoming and sensitive.
Related Expositors Collective Episodes:
Jody Ponce( Growing as an expositor through peer review)https://www.expositorscollective.com/podcast/2019/8/6/episode-59-growing-as-expositors-through-peer-review-w-jody-ponce
Evan Whickham(sermons should be prepared in community)https://www.expositorscollective.com/podcast/2018/9/25/episode-14-sermons-should-be-prepared-in-community
Bruce Zachary(Trial attorney turned pastor)https://www.expositorscollective.com/podcast/2018/10/9/episode-16-learning-preaching-with-trial-attorney-turned-pastor
Greg Jao serves InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA as Senior Assistant to the President, focusing on executive office communications and external relations. Greg has more than two decades of experience with InterVarsity, working at InterVarsity Press as well as in the field.
He served on the preaching team at New Life Fellowship Church in Queens, New York alongsidePete Scazzero &Rich Villodas.
Greg is the author ofYour Mind’s Mission(an Urbana Onward book),The Kingdom of God(a LifeGuide Bible Study), and a contributing author toFollowing Jesus without Dishonoring Your Parents(a discipleship book for Asian Americans) (all published by IVP),Telling the Truth(a book on postmodern evangelism), andVoices of Conflict & Voices of Hope(a two-volume study of American teenagers).
A second-generation Chinese American, he helped develop The Daniel Project, a leadership acceleration program for Asian American InterVarsity staff. He has served on the curricula teams for subsequent Daniel Projects serving African Americans, Latinos, and Fraternity/Sorority ministry staff. He frequently speaks on campus, in churches, and at conferences. Among InterVarsity alumni, Greg is best known as the emcee for the Urbana Student Mission Conferences in 2003, 2006, 2009, and 2012.
Prior to his ministry with InterVarsity, Greg worked as an employee benefits attorney in Chicago. Greg is a graduate of The University of Chicago (B.A. English, 1990) and The Northwestern University School of Law (J.D., 1994). He has also served as a Trustee of Langham Partnership US.
Greg, his wife Jennifer, and their two daughters reside in suburban Chicago