Preaching to a Postmodern World A Guide to Reaching Twenty-First Century Listeners

ISBN-10: 0801063671

ISBN-13: 9780801063671

Edition: 2001 (Reprint)

Authors: Graham Johnston, Haddon Robinson

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While growing churches dot our urban centers and country landscapes, church-goers and students today are actually less likely to maintain a Christian worldview than in the past. In fact, the majority of society does not even believe in objective truth. A minister out of touch with this culture is like an uninformed missionary trying to teach in a foreign country. To communicate God's Word effectively in the twenty-first century, teachers need to know how to connect with and confront an audience of postmodern listeners.In Preaching to a Postmodern World, Johnston shows pastors, seminary students, professors, lay teachers, and church leaders can reach the present age without selling out to it. The book discusses how to:- distinguish between modernism and postmodernism- understand postmodern worldviews- change the style of preaching without compromising the substance- take advantage of new opportunities provided by the cultural shift- show an inattentive society the relevance of God's truthThe author's keen insights into contemporary pop and media culture also help equip speakers to address today's listeners with clarity and relevance.
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Book details

List price: $18.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Baker Books
Publication date: 7/1/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

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Haddon Robinson (ThM, Dallas Theological Seminary, MA, Southern Methodist University, PhD, University of Illinois) is the Harold John Ockenga Distinguished Professor of Preaching at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and he is widely regarded as an expert in the area of preaching.

Foreword
Introduction
Risk Your Life
Think like a Missionary
Weigh Style, Skill, and Spirit
"Toto, We're Not in Kansas Anymore"
Expect Differing Worldviews from the Pew
See the Opportunities and the Unprecedented
What Worked Then May Not Now
Practicing the Principles: Two Burdens
Postmodernity: Animal, Vegetable, or Mineral?
What's Modern versus Postmodern?
Reacting to Modernity
Rejecting Objective Truth
Skeptics Suspecting Authority
Living in the Missing Persons Era
Managing the Blur of Morality
Postmodernity and the Search for the Transcendent
It's a Media-Mad World
Facing the Knowing Smirk
Questing for Community
Living in the Material World
Rules for Engagement
Don't Engage at the Expense of the Message
Communication Takes Two--and Time
Risk Involvement
Address Where You Live
Challenging Listeners
Become More Relational
Tune in to the Secular
Be More Apologetic
Encourage Accountability
Obstacles
Preaching to the Biblically Clueless
Deal with the Exclusive Uniqueness of Christ
The "Whatever" Age
Handling Resistance to the Master Plan
The Ultimate Hot Potato
Inroads
Spirituality Is Hot, Religion Is Not
You Want to Go Where Everybody Knows Your Name
Creation and Connectedness to the World
Sense over Sensibility
Practices for Engagement
Take a Dialogical Approach
Use Inductive Preaching
Use Storytelling
Use Audiovisuals, Drama, and Art
Use Humor
Become a Good Listener
Make Your Delivery Crisp and Clear
Conclusion: No Other Place I'd Rather Be
Notes
Bibliography
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