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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 little lasting success; or exegete the culture of these generations in order to discover the points of intersections 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 that 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 1968 or later). These themes are ambiguity, suffering, reconciliation, and legacy. 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.
Helping pastors to reach out to GenXers and Millennials (those born in 1968 or later), Feldmeir argues for four hermeneutical themes that speak to these emerging generations. He explores themes of ambiguity, suffering, transformation, and reconciliation, both culturally and biblically, offering glimpses of how the themes are expressed through music, art, film, literature, pop culture, and in the life of Jesus. Each section includes model sermons to support and strengthen Feldmeir's argument.
Mark Feldmeir is pastor of Santa Margarita United Methodist Church in Rancho Santa Margarita, California, a growing congregation with an average age of 35. He is the author of Testimony to the Exiles: Sermons for GenXers and Other Postmoderns from Chalice Press.