Dallas Willard on the role of silence in evangelism

In witnessing, the role of talking is frequently overemphasized. Does that sound strange? It’s true. Silence and especially true listening are often the strongest testimony of our faith. A major problem for Christian evangelism is not getting people to talk, but to silence those who through their continuous chatter reveal a loveless heart devoid of confidence in God.

Dallas Willard, The Spirit of the Disciplines (New York: HarperCollins, 1998), 165