Preaching to a Post-Everything World: Crafting Biblical Sermons That Connect with Our Culture

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The sermon is dead. Long live the sermon.

Do you think a postmodern audience may render your preaching post-relevant? Think again. Zack Eswine takes you through the nuts and bolts—and the heart and soul—of engaging today's multicultural society with compelling messages from the pulpit. Such preaching, however, requires more than just contextualizing the message.

Using this comprehensive and practical guide will help you to preach God's truth ...

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Overview

The sermon is dead. Long live the sermon.

Do you think a postmodern audience may render your preaching post-relevant? Think again. Zack Eswine takes you through the nuts and bolts—and the heart and soul—of engaging today's multicultural society with compelling messages from the pulpit. Such preaching, however, requires more than just contextualizing the message.

Using this comprehensive and practical guide will help you to preach God's truth without compromising doctrine or ignoring the faithful. Eswine shows how God's own interactions with humanity model relevant preaching and offers fresh, field-tested insights into the application of homiletics. Valuable appendixes detail steps to an effective sermon and provide questions for assessing cultural developments with spiritual discernment.

Whether a new or experienced speaker, in church leadership or in parachurch ministry, you can make an impact on the rising global village—starting now.

"Zack Eswine moves the Christ-centered preaching movement forward with this volume. He not only calls us to carefully contextualize our message to various cultures, sensibilities, and habits of heart, but he also gives us a host of practical tools, inventories, and guidelines for doing so. All the while he assumes and strengthens the foundational commitment to preaching Christ and his restoring grace from every text. A great contribution."—Tim Keller, senior pastor, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York City

"As a pastor/homiletician, Zack Eswine stands between the two worlds of the academy and the church, inviting biblical preachers to journey to the missional intersection where priest, prophet, and sage converge and converse. Navigating them through the turbulent waters of a post-everything culture, they arrive at the shore of homiletical hybridity: the terra firma of biblical revelation and contemporary relevance. Get on board!"—Robert Smith Jr., associate professor of divinity, Beeson Divinity School, Samford University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801091940
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/1/2008
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,331,359
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

Zack Eswine (PhD, Regent University) is assistant professor of homiletics and associate dean of ministry formation at Covenant Theological Seminary. He is the author of Kindled Fire: How the Methods of C. H. Spurgeon Can Help Your Preaching and lives in St. Louis, Missouri.

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Table of Contents

Foreword: Grace as Worldview Bryan Chapell Chapell, Bryan 7

Introduction: Reaching a Post-Everything World 10

Pt. 1 Prepare the Sermon for a Post-Everything World

1 Preach What Is Real 23

2 Preach What Is Redemptive 41

3 Preach the Stories 60

4 Remember Where You've Been 78

Pt. 2 Explore Biblical Models for a Post-Everything World

5 Follow God's Lead 97

6 Find a Prophetic Edge 117

7 Try on a Priestly Paradigm 131

8 Speak like a Sage 144

9 Step Outside 163

Pt. 3 Engage the Cultures of a Post-Everything World

10 Account for the Accents 181

11 Handle the War Passages in an Age of Terror 193

12 Learn to Speak about Hell 205

13 Detect Idol Talk 218

14 Discern Devilish Spin 231

15 Cry Out for the Holy Spirit 245

16 Clean the Dish and Light the Candle 260

Appendix 1 Sermon Preparation: Use the Four Stories in Six Steps 267

Appendix 2 Cultural Discernment: Use the Four Stories to Think about Movies, News, Art, and Literature 269

Notes 271

Scripture Index 280

General Index 286

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