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Preaching Re-Imagined: The Role of the Sermon in Communities of Faith [Hardcover]

By Doug Pagitt (Author)
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Pages   256
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.6" Width: 5.6" Height: 1"
Weight:   0.83 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 30, 2005
Publisher   Zondervan Publishing
ISBN  0310263638  
EAN  9780310263630  

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Are we preaching too much, engaging too little?
What is the role of preaching in the postmodern Church? Author and pastor Doug Pagitt looks at the kind of preaching that ?creates followers of God who serve the world well and live the invitation to the rhythm of God.? He introduces you to an approach to engaging with the Bible with a focus on three questions:
-What kind of communities are we forming? (Sociology)
-What story are we telling? (Theology)
-How can we tell it more effectively? (Communications)
These questions are asked through the introduction of Progressional Implicatory Preaching?an innovative way of catalyzing an open dialogue with active participants. Envision Preaching Re-Imagined as an agent in the creation of Christian communities, and take a hopeful look toward new approaches to encouraging the spiritual formation of your church body.

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More About Doug Pagitt

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Doug Pagitt is widely known as primary cofounder (with Tony Jones) of the emerging church, a movement that responded to stasis in the traditional church. He is pastor of Solomon's Porch, a congregation in Minneapolis that focuses on addressing human needs in the neighboring community and facilitating a more personal encounter with God. He is also host of Doug Pagitt Radio and the author of several books, including "A Christianity Worth Believing, Body Prayer, "and" Evangelism in the Inventive Age." Pagitt and his wife, Shelley, live in Minneapolis.

Doug Pagitt was born in 1966.

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Pagitt throws the baby out with the bath water  Mar 8, 2007
Pagitt asks some tough and good questions about today's preaching style, some which need to be seriously considered and answered by today's preacher.

Criticisms: He builds a straw man which he calls "speeching" and spends a great deal of the book tearing it down. Emphasizes the priesthood of the believer while neglecting the Biblical role of the pastor/preacher. Downplays the authority and sufficiency of Scripture and its role in the believer's life. Assumes that everyone wants to take part in and will grow through progressional dialogue. Some of the Biblical and historical evidence for his proposed model of preaching is simply wrong and ill-informed. I would also entirely disagree with his purpose in preaching.

I'm at least thankful that someone from the emerging church movement has engaged in a serious discussion about emerging church preaching. I thoroughly enjoyed interacting with the book and walked away challenged, but not helped.
Preaching for the 21st Century  Dec 8, 2006
I'm a sociologist of religion and I came across this book during my research on the emerging church. Progressional dialogues make sooooo much sense to me as a far more effective way of teaching than putting all the pressure on one person to break the bread of life so to speak. Doug realizes that his congregants are intelligent people who have much to offer each other as well as himself. Learning should be a dialectical process. As a professor, I teach my courses with this kind of socratic method Doug advocates and I see far better results than professors who offer long lectures (boring their students to death!!!!).

Who established the prevailing preaching model in which one person pretends to have a monopoly on biblical truth by giving long boring monologues every Sunday? Why can't each service be a time when the pastor lights a spark and then no one knows ahead of time where the fire will burn? Why not? Because most pastors are control freaks and have to take all the glory. Well for those of you pastors who actually care about reaching your congregants, you should read Doug's book and learn a more effective way of communicating the gospel through the collective knowledge base and cultural toolkit of your congregation rather than boring your people with your long monologues. I know you think you're so smart and have all the answers but your members will learn more if they can teach each other wisdom and share their experiences as well.
Don't Miss This One  Aug 28, 2006
Doug Pagitt's book, Preaching Re-Imagined, is a must have for your library. It was inspiring, useful and thought provoking. This book has changed the way that I approach preaching.
Post-modern emergent fluff  Feb 28, 2006
Doug starts with a warning cry that pastors and spreachers pose a danger to the church. He tells us to re-image preaching but in the process reinvents preaching. progressional dialogue we are told is the way to understand God. We are told that progressional dialogue should be the new form of preaching. He exalts dialogue over Biblical exposition. He puts man and mans thoughts above those of God and his word.

Speaching we are told does not work and is dangerous to the Church today. He says that we need to protect the church from preachers and those that would teach Biblical doctrine. He is so bold as to call it "relational violence." He tells us that speaching damages the flocks that pastors shepherd.

Doug takes the view that God works in many ways beyond scripture. He dose not see the faith as once and all delivered to the saints. He thinks that each us will have our own understanding of God. Truth seems to have no part in what he is promoting.

And his cell phone thing is a joke...He tells his church to leave them on, they might miss something important.

Don't waste your time with this. It's just more post-modern emergent fluff with no real substance.
Starting Over  Oct 31, 2005
This book is a great way to re examine methods used for preaching. Doug deconstructs many of the common thoughts and practices used in churches today to look at what the intention of the Sermon is. He provides some insight into his own method for sermons. Though easier said than done at many churches, the style that he advocates is could be a great adventure for many congregations.

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