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Preaching to a Postmodern World

Graham Johnston

Preaching to a Postmodern World

Graham Johnston

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A minister out of touch with a culture that rejects objective truth is like an uninformed missionary trying to teach in a foreign country. To communicate God's Word effectively, teachers must know how to connect with and confront postmodern listeners. This book shows how we can reach the present age without selling out. 192 pages, from Baker.

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About "Preaching to a Postmodern World"

A minister out of touch with a culture that rejects objective truth is like an uninformed missionary trying to teach in a foreign country. To communicate God's Word effectively, teachers must know how to connect with and confront postmodern listeners. This book shows how we can reach the present age without selling out. 192 pages, from Baker.
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To communicate God's Word effectively in the twenty-first century, you need to know how to connect with and confront an audience of postmodern listeners. With this book, you'll learn how to change your style of preaching without compromising the substance, take advantage of new opportunities provided by the cultural shift, and show an inattentive society the relevance of God's truth."The world has gone through a major shift in thinking and communication into a postmodern mode, yet much preaching is still 'pre-modern' and very out of touch. Graham Johnston has made a significant contribution in his book, showing how preaching can be thoroughly biblical, opening up the text of the Bible but also concerned with the openings in the minds of contemporary people."Leighton Ford, president, Leighton Ford Ministries"Communicating God's Word is more than just speaking the truth; it's being heard and understood as well. This book is designed to help Christian leaders better understand their listeners, so they can communicate biblical truths with effectiveness and clarity."Josh McDowell, author of Evidence That Demands a Verdict"Graham Johnston describes the water in which we exist. . . . Better still, he provides some workable leads on how to communicate the life-giving Word to men and women swimming in the currents of the twenty-first century."Haddon W. Robinson, author of Biblical Preaching"Johnston not only brings a shrewd analysis of the present changes in our culture, he also contributes from the perspective of a skilled practitioner. Such a combination is both rare and valuable."Martin Robinson, director of mission and theology, British and Foreign Bible Society"For anyone desiring a ministry of impact in today's postmodern society, Graham Johnston has provided an understandable and useful focus."Howard G. Hendricks, chairman, Center for Christian Leadership, Dallas Theological Seminary
- Publisher

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 Go
- Publisher

"The world has gone through a major shift in thinking and communication into a postmodern mode, yet much preaching is still "pre-modern" and very out of touch. Graham Johnston has done a significant contribution in his book, showing how preaching can be thoroughly biblical, opening up the text of the Bible but also concerned with the openings in the minds of contemporary people. I plan to recommend it to young preachers in our leadership programs." --Leighton Ford, president, Leighton Ford Ministries"Here is a significant book, one that urgently needs to be in print. Well written, biblical, and practical, it opens the stained glass windows. For anyone desiring a ministry of impact in today's postmodern society, Graham Johnston has provided an understandable and useful focus for both the professional and the casual reader." --Howard G. Hendricks, chairman, Center for Christian Leadership, Dallas Theological Seminary"Communicating God's Word is more than just speaking the truth; it's being heard and understood as well. We are living amid one of the greatest cultural shifts in history, where most young people and adults don't even speak the same language. The world is becoming increasingly cynical and biblically illiterate, yet people are still searching for spiritual answers. This book is designed to help Christian leaders better understand their listeners, so they can communicate biblical truths with effectiveness and clarity." --Josh McDowell"The desire to communicate effectively is a basic but neglected priority for leaders of a missionary faith. Graham Johnston not only brings a shrewd analysis of the present changes in our culture, he also contributes from the perspective of a skilled practitioner. Such a combination is both rare and valuable." --Rev. Dr. Martin Robinson, director of mission and theology at the British and Foreign Bible Society "Graham Johnston's book considers a very important theme--briskly written, amply illustrated and quite revealing. I have been preaching for over twenty five years and benefited enormously from reading this book." --J.John, speaker and writer "The mental landscape of contemporary people has changed dramatically. If preachers are to connect, they have to change not the substance but the style of their preaching. Graham Johnston has written a very helpful and practical book that both understands the shift in outlook and offers ways to connect to postmodern people" --Rev. Peter Corney, director, Institute for Contemporary Christian Leadership Inc."This book provides a very clear and helpful approach to communicating Christian truth in our postmodern context. While it is popular in its style, it is also academically respectable." --Susan Perlman, associate executive director, Jews for Jesus
- Publisher

Meet the Author

Graham Johnston

Johnston is senior pastor of Subiaco Church of Christ in Western Australia and an adjunct lecturer in homiletics with the Australian College of Ministries. He holds degrees from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Dallas Theological Seminary.

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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Interesting cultural analysis
3 stars By Kieran Carr, Dec 05 2016
In Preaching to a Postmodern World, Graham Johnston argues that the audience we are preaching to has undergone a major shift in worldview from modernity to Postmodernity. This worldview is suspicious of authority, pluralistic, individualistic, media-saturated, it rejects objective truth, and is much looser in its morals. If preachers are going to reach these people with the truth of God, they need to better understand their audience so they can communicate the message clearly. The apostle Paul applies the same principle in 1 Corinthians 9.22: 'I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some'.
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  • Catalogue Code 175422
  • Product Code 0801063671
  • EAN 9780801063671
  • Pages 192
  • Department Academic
  • Category Church
  • Sub-Category Preaching/sermons
  • Publisher Baker Book House
  • Publication Date Jul 2001
  • Sales Rank #23370
  • Dimensions 228 x 152 x 14 mm
  • Weight 0.319kg

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