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Preaching to a Postmodern World: A Guide to Reaching Twenty-first Century Listeners

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Overview

While growing churches dot our urban centers and country landscapes, church-goers and students today are actually less likely to maintain a Christian worldview than in the past. In fact, the majority of society does not even believe in objective truth. A minister out of touch with this culture is like an uninformed missionary trying to teach in a foreign country. To communicate God's Word effectively in the twenty-first century, teachers need to know how to connect with and confront an audience of postmodern listeners.

In Preaching to a Postmodern World, Johnston shows pastors, seminary students, professors, lay teachers, and church leaders can reach the present age without selling out to it. The book discusses how to:
• distinguish between modernism and postmodernism
• understand postmodern worldviews
• change the style of preaching without compromising the substance
• take advantage of new opportunities provided by the cultural shift
• show an inattentive society the relevance of God's truth

The author's keen insights into contemporary pop and media culture also help equip speakers to address today's listeners with clarity and relevance.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801063671
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/1/2001
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Graham MacPherson Johnston is senior pastor of Subiaco Church of Christ in Western Australia and an adjunct lecturer in homiletics at Perth Bible College. He holds degrees from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Dallas Theological Seminary.
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Table of Contents

Introduction
1 Toto, We're Not in Kansas Anymore
2 Postmodernity: Animal, Vegetable, or Mineral?
3 The Rules for Engagement
4 Challenging the Listener
5 Obstacles in Preaching
6 Preaching In-Roads
7 Practices for Engagement
Conclusion: Right Here, Right Now, No Other Place I'd Rather Be
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