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by Graham Johnston

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This is a well-written book, full of interesting and relevant quotes, and some good examples. However, it could have been a good bit shorter; the first half good have been edited down somewhat, even for those without an existing grasp of modernity and postmodernity.

I found the most useful section to be "Practices for Engagement" at the end, where he makes some good suggestions about personalisation, specifics, humour, listening and more.

Good for people who haven't read widely on preaching, or haven't engaged with postmodernity, but otherwise probably could be passed over. ( )
  jandm | Jan 18, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0801063671, Paperback)

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 truth

The 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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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 truth The author's keen insights into contemporary pop and media culture also help equip speakers to address today's listeners with clarity and relevance.… (more)

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