Stirred, Not Shaken: Sermons For An Emerging Generation

Stirred, Not Shaken: Sermons For An Emerging Generation

by Mark Feldmeir

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As fewer and fewer GenXers and Millennials fill the pews of mainline churches, those who seek to speak to them are faced with three possibilities: write off these generations as lost and unreachable, which the church has done with great success over the last two decades; attempt to become more "relevant" with "fill-in-the-blank" sermons, which has proven to have little lasting success; or to exegete the culture of these generations in order to discover the points of intersection between their stories and the story of Jesus. Mark Feldmeir shows preachers how to do just that.

Feldmeir, himself a GenXer, argues for four hermeneutical themes which preachers would do well to explore with clarity and intention as they seek to speak to the emerging generations of GenXers and Millennials (those born in 1964 or later). These themes are ambiguity, suffering, reconciliation, and transformation. Feldmeir explores each theme both culturally and biblically, offering glimpses of how these themes are expressed through music, art, film, literature, and pop culture, and in the life of Jesus. He follows each thematic development with several model sermons to support and strengthen his argument.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940013176409
Publisher: Mark Feldmeir
Publication date: 08/01/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 363 KB

About the Author

Rev. Mark Feldmeir is in his fifth year as Senior Minister at San Dieguito UMC, a congregation of 1100 members in North San Diego County, CA. He previously served twelve years at Santa Margarita UMC, a new and innovative congregation in South Orange County, CA.

Mark has been a member of the Adjunct Faculty at Claremont School of Theology since 2004, where he teaches homiletics. The author of two books – Testimony to the Exiles: Sermons for GenXers and Other Postmoderns (Chalice Press, 2003), and Stirred Not Shaken: Themes for an Emerging Generation (Chalice Press, 2005) – Mark has lectured at various conferences throughout the country on topics ranging from preaching, generational theory, evangelism, and pop culture.

Mark received his B.A. in Religious Studies from the University of California, Riverside (1990), and his M.Div. from Claremont School of Theology (1993).

In his free time, Mark enjoys cycling, hiking, and playing amateur baseball. He has been married to his wife, Lori, for twenty-two years, and has three children, Alyson, Casey, and Matthew.

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