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Preaching to a postmodern world : a guide to reaching twenty-first-century listeners

Author: Graham Johnston
Publisher: Grand Rapids, Mich. : Baker Books, ©2001.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Graham Johnston
ISBN: 0801063671 9780801063671
OCLC Number: 46472204
Awards: Winner of Preaching Book of the Year 2001
Description: 189 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction. Risk your life ; Think like a missionary ; Weigh style, skill, and spirit --
"Toto, we're not in Kansas anymore". Expect differing worldviews from the pew ; See the opportunities and the unprecedented ; What worked then may not now ; Practicing the principles : two burdens --
Postmodernity : animal, vegetable, or mineral? What's modern versus postmodern? ; Reacting to modernity ; Rejecting objective truth ; Skeptics suspecting authority ; Living in the missing persons era ; Managing the blur of morality ; Postmodernity and the search for the transcendent ; It's a media-mad world ; Facing the knowing smirk ; Questing for community ; Living in the material world --
Rules for engagement. Don't engage at the expense of the message ; Communication takes two, and time ; Risk involvement ; Address where you live. [Cont.] Challenging listeners. Becoming more relational ; Tune in to the secular ; Be more apologetic ; Encourage accountability --
Obstacles. Preaching to the biblically clueless ; Deal with the exclusive uniqueness of Christ ; The "whatever" age ; Handling resistance to the master plan ; The ultimate hot potato --
Inroads. Spirituality is hot, religion is not ; You want to go where everybody knows your name ; Creation and connectednesss to the world ; Sense over sensibility --
Practices for engagement. Take a dialogical approach ; Use inductive preaching ; Use storytelling ; Use audiovisuals, drama, and art ; Use humor ; Become a good listener ; Make your delivery crisp and clear --
Conclusion : no other place I'd rather be.
Responsibility: Graham Johnston.

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