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In most twenty-first century congregations, women outnumber men by as much as fifty percent or more. Unfortunately, masculine anecdotes and a lack of understanding of the different ways women and men listen, learn, and perceive ideas of leadership and power leave many women feeling detached from the messages conveyed from the pulpit.
How can a pastor effectively minister to both men and women? How do the ways in which women understand sermons differ from those of men? Preaching ...
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Preaching That Speaks to Women

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Overview

In most twenty-first century congregations, women outnumber men by as much as fifty percent or more. Unfortunately, masculine anecdotes and a lack of understanding of the different ways women and men listen, learn, and perceive ideas of leadership and power leave many women feeling detached from the messages conveyed from the pulpit.
How can a pastor effectively minister to both men and women? How do the ways in which women understand sermons differ from those of men? Preaching That Speaks to Women invites preachers to consider how gender affects the way sermons are understood and calls them to preaching that relates to the entire congregation.
Drawing from her experience as a teacher of ministry students, as well as her experience as a missionary, conference speaker, and radio Bible teacher, Alice Mathews explores both the myths and legitimate boundaries for speaking about women as listeners. She considers the ways women think about themselves, make ethical decisions, handle stress, learn, and view leadership and power and applies the results to the task of preaching. Mathews advocates effective preaching that does not ignore women or merely typecast women in narrowly defined roles.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441206404
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/1/2003
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 188
  • Sales rank: 1,267,748
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Alice P. Mathews (Ph.D., Iliff School of Theology and University of Denver) is Lois W. Bennett Distinguished Associate Professor of Educational Ministries and Women's Ministries at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Previously, Alice served as a missionary in Europe for seventeen years, taught at Denver Seminary, and was dean of the Seminary of the East (Philadelphia Center). She is widely known as co-host (with Haddon Robinson) of the daily Bible-teaching radio program Discover the Word. She is the author of A Woman God Can Lead, A Woman Jesus Can Teach, and A Woman God Can Use.
Alice P. Mathews (Ph.D., Iliff School of Theology and University of Denver) is Lois W. Bennett Distinguished Associate Professor of Educational Ministries and Women's Ministries at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Previously, Alice served as a missionary in Europe for seventeen years, taught at Denver Seminary, and was dean of the Seminary of the East (Philadelphia Center). She is widely known as cohost (with Haddon Robinson) of the daily Bible-teaching radio program Discover the Word. She is the author of Preaching that Speaks to Women.
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Table of Contents

CONTENTS
Introduction

1. Is It True That Men Are from Mars and Women Are from Venus?
2. Preaching for Moral Decision-Making
3. Preaching for Psychological Wholeness
4. How Do We Know What We Know?
5. Modern and Postmodern Listeners
6. Women, Spirituality, and Issues of Faith
7. Women and Issues of Power
8. Leadership with a Difference
9. Women, Roles, and a Biblical Identity
10. Understanding Women as Listeners

Notes
Index
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2007

    A Very Important Book

    I'm not one to write reviews, but I couldn't stand the fact that such an important book had not been reviewed yet. The opening chapter gets the book off to a great start by asking the question, 'Is it true men are from Mars and women are from Venus?' and studies the answer to this question by asserting that failure to recognize powerful social differences between men and women can result in failure to communicate truth at a level that reaches people's lives. Dr. Mathews proceeds to discuss preaching for moral decision-making, and how men and women may make moral decisions differently. Other important topics examined are self-esteem, depression, communication patterns, faith, power, leadership, and biblical identity. Perhaps one of the strongest arguments for this book is that Dr. Mathews never fails to address the 'so what?' factor... every chapter concludes with specifically addressing the question, 'How does this apply to preaching?' I cannot begin to tell you how many times I have referred back to this book over the last couple of years, not only for study but for personal growth as well. It was invaluable during my graduate research and master's thesis. I highly recommend it to students, saints, and ministers alike. I wish that more preachers would be sensitive and proactive with the thoughts and ideas in this book... it would be a powerful and life-changing experience for many of us in the pews!

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