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Preaching to a Shifting Culture: 12 Perspectives on Communicating that Connects [Paperback]

By Scott M. Gibson (Editor)
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Pages   255
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.48" Width: 5.6" Height: 0.66"
Weight:   0.84 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 1, 2004
Publisher   Baker Books
ISBN  0801091624  
EAN  9780801091629  

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A challenge to preachers to proclaim the Scriptures with authority and power in a post-Christian world.

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The church in America is part of a changing culture, and today's preachers must be prepared to engage the unique issues of our postmodern age.
Editor Scott M. Gibson has skillfully combined the works of many well-known preachers, including Haddon Robinson and Bryan Chapell, into one practical guide written for present and future church leaders. Including questions for reflection and suggestions for further reading, this helpful resource addresses important topics such as preaching to a postmodern audience, pluralism, and the intersection of preaching and psychology.
"Preaching to a Shifting Culture is a must-read for preachers. It intensified my passion to preach Scripture, it clarified for me some critical issues related to preaching, and it triggered some ideas and strategies I will biild into my preaching."--Steve Mathewson, author of The Art of Preaching Old Testament Narrative
"A stimulating potpourri of evangelical insights for changing times."--Michael Quicke, Charles Koller Professor of Preaching and Communications, Northern Baptist Theological Seminary
"Timely and relevant, this collection of essays thoughtfully explores the issues facing today's preacher and calls today's preacher to thoughtfully face the issues."--Patricia Batten, pastor, Village Baptist Church, Kennebunkport, Maine
"Those who are called to proclaim the Word in a contemporary setting will benefit from the analysis and suggestions offered in this outstanding collection."--Michael Duduit, editor, "Preaching" magazine

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Scott M. Gibson (D.Phil., University of Oxford) is The Haddon W. Robinson Professor of Preaching; Director of the Haddon W. Robinson Center for Preaching; Director of Th.M. Program in Preaching; Director of the A.J. Gordon Guild at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He is the author or editor of numerous works, including The Big Idea of Biblical Preaching: Connecting the Bible to People; Preaching and Discipleship: Rethinking our Perspective on Planning Sermons and Maturing Believers; Should We Use Someone Else's Sermon? Preaching in a Cut and Paste World; Preaching the Old Testament; Preaching to a Shifting Culture: 12 Perspectives on Preaching That Connects, and Making a Difference in Preaching: Haddon Robinson on Biblical Preaching.

Scott M. Gibson currently resides in South Hamilton, in the state of Massachusetts. Scott M. Gibson was born in 1957.

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A very good compilation - with some must-reads included  Nov 15, 2005
Editor Scott Gibson has compiled several selections on homiletics from different authors, with each one having value of its own. Some the contributions are excellent. Topics range from the impacts of postmodernism on preaching, to connecting with congregations, to utilizing the Old & New Testaments with contemporary relevance, to preaching with hostile/anti-authority attitudes in the environment. Like any compilation book, the value varies from essay to essay.

Good: Haddon Robinson's contribution (to no surprise) is an excellent word on being relevant while also being true to the text, and has had a very big impact on my preaching. David Hansen's piece, entitled "Who's Listening Out There?" is also a must-read for insights on the preacher's need for knowledge of his people. Most of the other essays are useful. In particular, Alice Mathews piece offers a strong critique on how some Christian preaching widens the gender gap and limits the church's overall impact on men in our culture. And Ray Lubeck has some good insights on revitalizing preaching from the Old Testament.

Bad: Two of the essays are largely a waste of time to read - one on the shape of the sermon, and the other on connecting with the congregation. Both were mundane, and (ironically) failed to connect with me as a reader.

Overall: Those two essays are the only exceptions to what it otherwise an excellent compilation. The strengths certainly outweigh the weaknesses in this book, and preachers could do a lot worse than to read it. It certainly has made some positive contributions to my understanding and practice of preaching.

Best quote: (from David Hansen) "Preachers who do not take the ungodliness of their congregations seriously will not be taken seriously by their congregations. And preachers cannot take their congregations' sins seriously unless they take their own sins seriously."

Rating: 4 stars


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