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A Is for Abductive [Paperback]

By Leonard Sweet (Author), Brian D. McLaren (Author) & Jerry Haselmayer (Author)
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Pages   352
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.48" Width: 5.48" Height: 0.99"
Weight:   0.71 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 31, 2003
Publisher   Zondervan Publishing
ISBN  0310243564  
EAN  9780310243564  
UPC  025986243562  

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A playful, witty, but substantive "postmodern ministry for dummies-type" book that fills the huge and getting huger hunger for something in one volume that introduces basic concepts and vernacular of "postmodern ministry."

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More About Leonard Sweet, Brian D. McLaren & Jerry Haselmayer

Leonard Sweet Leonard Sweet is a scholar of USAmerican culture; a semiotician who "sees things the rest of us do not see, and dreams possibilities that are beyond most of our imagining;" and a preacher and best-selling author who communicates the gospel with a signature bridging of the worlds of faith, academe, and popular culture. In 2006 and 2007, Len was voted by his peers “One of the 50 Most Influential Christians in America” by ChurchReport Magazine, and in 2010, he was selected by the top non-English Christian website as one of the “Top 10 Influential Christians of 2010.” His popular podcast, “Napkin Scribbles,” is widely quoted, and his weekly sermon contributions to have made that site the top preaching resource for pastors in North America. For nine years, he and his wife wrote the entire content for the weekly preaching resource Homiletics. In 2005 Len introduced the first open-source preaching resource on the Web, Len’s microblogs on twitter and facebook rank as two of the most influential social media sites in the world. You can find some of Len’s talks on his youtube channel, Founder and President of SpiritVenture Ministries (SVM), in 1995 Len launched Sweet's SoulCafe, a spirituality newsletter purchased by Broadman&Holman Publishing. Len is a popular and highly sought-after speaker throughout North America and around the world. In the past couple of years he has spoken in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, England, Wales, South Africa, South Korea, Iceland, Scotland, and most recently, China, Indonesia, and Latvia.

Author of more than 200 hundred articles, 1300+ published sermons, and more than fifty books, Leonard Sweet’s publications include the best sellers Soul Tsunami, Aqua Church, Jesus Manifesto (with Frank Viola), and Jesus: A Theography (with Frank Viola), as well as many other volumes that are revolutionizing the church’s mission. Len released multiple books in 2012, including Viral: Why Social Media is Poised to Ignite Revival; What Matters Most; the e-book, Real Church in a Social Network World; I Am A Follower; The Greatest Story Never Told: Revive Us Again. In 2011 Len published his first novel, The Seraph Seal (co-authored with Lori Wagner) with an innovative website, Several more books are scheduled for release in 2013/14: the ground-breaking preaching textbook, Giving Blood: A Fresh New Paradigm for Preaching (Zondervan), The Well-Played Life (Tyndale), Me to We ( ), and a new way to tell the scriptures, My Story, My Song (with Byounho Zho). Len published the first religion e-book on amazon: The Dawn Mistaken for Dusk in 2000.

Currently the E. Stanley Jones Professor of Evangelism at Drew University, Madison, NJ and a Visiting Distinguished Professor at George Fox University, Portland, Oregon, Len was Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the Theological School at Drew University from 1995 to 2001. Previous to Drew, Len served for eleven years as President and Professor of Church History at United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio and is currently their President Emeritus. Prior to 1985, Len was Provost of Colgate Rochester/Bexley Hall/Crozer Divinity School in Rochester, New York when he was in his late 20s. Involved in leadership positions in the United Methodist Church, Len has been chosen to speak at various Jurisdictional and General Conferences as well as the 1996 World Methodist Congress in Rio de Janeiro. He also serves as a consultant to many of America's denominational leaders and agencies. He is a member of the West Virginia Annual Conference.

Leonard Sweet currently resides in Madison, in the state of New Jersey.

Leonard Sweet has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Emergent Ys (Paperback)
  2. Library of Living Faith
  3. Resonate

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Understand emerging culture  Mar 31, 2010
Leonard Sweet, Brian McLaren and Jerry Haselmayer A is for Abductive: The Language of the Emerging Church (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2003)

Reviewed by Darren Cronshaw

Standing on the edge of a new paradigm and quantum changes, this is a primer to help with the transition into a new world of understanding and experience. It is arranged like a dictionary, so you can read from anywhere to get constructive insights into postmodern ministry. It starts with A is for Abductive method: seizing people by the imagination and taking them to another world for a new perspective (important these days for preaching). Other concepts include branding, coaching, deconstruction, emergence and festivals (144 in total) through to Z for Zending: what we may learn from Zen Buddhism in terms of contemplation, compassion and pain. It includes creative exercises (EPICtivities = Experiential, Participatory, Image-rich, Connectivity) like visiting bookshops, reflecting on comedy videos, evaluating websites and golf cart soccer! Like any dictionary, it helps give the language and framework for understanding a new language and world, so that we can be `at home' and intelligible in emerging culture.

Originally reviewed in Darren Cronshaw, `The Emerging Church: Introductory Reading Guide', Zadok Papers, S143 (Summer 2005).
I am not a philosopher but...  Jan 26, 2010
When I first bought this and other emergent church books-I still have a hard time understanding how one definesfundamentalism based on modernism when the whole point of fundamentalism was against modernism, empiricism, rationalism, and skepticism which all basically defined the bible as myth and not true when the very essence of fundamentalism was faith which means we cannot prove we are right(or it really would not be faith if we could) So when mack daddy mclaren defines fundamentalism as out modernizing the modernist-I still fail to see how this is accurate? Can someone please explain this to me? Of course understanding Liberalism in Christianity died quickly after WW2-perhaps energent philosophers think enough time has gone by and we can define fundamentalism whatever we decide to make it since it was "a long time a go" Hopefully people will realize postmodernism is doing nothing but reintroducing modernism.

Of course one could claim Marxism and not see it as a product of modernism and anything is possible
Why can't I give this zero....  Apr 21, 2007
If this is the intellectual might behind the emerging church movement, then it doesn't stand a chance...
Postmodern gibberish  Sep 6, 2006
Len Sweet usually writes more with more passion and intelligence that he evidences in this book. Snipets of insight into an eclectic alphabetized list of topics result in a whole lot of next to nothing.

BUT Sweet et al still have a few fascinating things to say -- just not many.
B is for Bite Size  Nov 30, 2005
This book gives the reader a number of bite size morsels about what to expect in the Emergent "conversation." Unfortunately, that's it! It is merely a very brief survey of a few aspects that the editors have chosen to bring forward. There is no detailed explanations, no arguments, just straight-forward, "this is the way postmodern culture is and this is the way the Emerging Church should be" paragraphs.

Don't be fooled though, some of these concepts are much more thought out than you might think. On the other hand, as a previous reviewer stated, some are not. If you are looking for a description of the Emerging Church, I don't think this is the book you want. But, if you're looking for a few paragraphs about different things they find important, you might want to check this one out.

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