Imagine a 25-year-long dialogue between evangelicals and Mormons started by a young evangelical pastor while he was still in seminary. Imagine it involving people at every level in both worlds in countless different ways, including evangelical apologist Ravi Zacharias speaking in the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City. Imagine a leading BYU professor and this pastor modeling convicted and civil public dialogue in more than 65 universities, churches, and wards around the country and overseas. Well, soon you won’t just have to imagine. With the story still unfolding, Greg Johnson is writing the narrative as it has transpired thus far. And what has transpired is transfixing! A must read for anyone interested in the gripping accounts of God’s Spirit at work in unusual ways or committed to courteous, constructive interfaith dialogue.
-Dr. Craig L. Blomberg, Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Denver Seminary, Littleton, CO
Mormonism is like the pebble in the pond with waves rippling to different shorelines. The center is Salt Lake City and the shorelines are everywhere in the world. Greg Johnson has been the evangelical leader in Utah connecting with, communicating with and challenging the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. His relationships and influence have been amazing and now he is sharing it for us all to read and experience.
What do you get when evangelicalism meets Mormonism? You get Greg Johnson, telling the story of two different faiths with competing passions, beliefs and outreach. After 25 years, he is writing for everyone to hear the story.
- Dr. Leith Anderson, President, National Association of Evangelicals
The evangelical community is indebted to Pastor Gregory Johnson for investing a significant portion of his life in facilitating dialog and relationships between Mormons and evangelicals. I personally have participated in this dialog and could not have done so without the bridge building that Greg has done.
-Dr. George Wood, General Superintendent, Assemblies of God
Rev. Gregory Johnson’s knowledge and experience with leaders, influencers, and members in the Mormon community is impressive and insightful. His book will assist anyone who wants to learn and understand how to engage our Mormon friends more thoughtfully and respectfully.
-Rev. John Jenkins, Sr. Pastor of 1st Baptist Church of Glenarden, MD
Greg Johnson is like the "Forest Gump" of Evangelical-Mormon interaction. Whenever there is something of great significance happening, he is always somewhere near the center of the action. Unlike Gump, however, Pastor Johnson is not an accidental participant. Many of these things have happened because God moved through Greg's prayers, vision, relationships, and hard work. And given his excellent detailed memory of the events, Greg is certainly the one to write the book that presents all that God has done over the last twenty-five years of dialogue.
Craig Hazen, Ph.D. Founder and Director of the Christian Apologetics Program Biola University
From the first day I met Pastor Gregory Johnson in April of 2001, I could tell he was a man of influence and that I needed to hang around him! After serving on his Board of Directors for over 16 years, I have been blessed to do just that. I'm energized by Greg's vision and heart to reach out to the Mormon community in truth and love. I continue to be astonished by his faith to see genuine transformation take place between Mormons and evangelicals. I believe God is using him and will continue to use him for unbelievable spiritual impact both in Utah and beyond. I am proud to be one of his armor-bearers and am honored to support Greg in this exciting mission and ministry he has received from God!
Bill Young, Pastor of The Rock Church, Draper, Utah
It is my privilege to share my excitement about the new book, The Bridge, by my friend Pastor Gregory Johnson. I have known Greg for over 16 years and have found him to be a man of great passion for reaching out to Mormon friends and neighbors. Over the last 25 years, Greg has pioneered a fresh new paradigm of ministry- characterized by phrase "convicted civility" which has generated a lot of good will between Mormons and evangelicals and opened amazing doors of dialogue between the two groups. I am continually encouraged by Greg's passion to share Christ with those who need Him, no matter their religious background. Greg truly has the blessing of God upon His ministry.
Jim Ayers, Sr. Pastor of Life Church, West Valley City, Utah