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Title: Between Two Worlds: The Art of Preaching in the Twentieth Century
Author: Stott, John R W
Publisher: Wm B Eerdmans Publishing Co; Publication Date: 1982
Paperback; ISBN: 9780802806277
Volumes: 1; Pages: 351
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In his preface to this major study on preaching by John Stott, Michael Green writes, "Much of the current uncertainty about the gospel and the mission of the church must be due to a generation of preachers which has lost confidence in the Word of God."Perhaps no one is more eminently qualified to address this concern than John Stott whose scholarship and personality have shown generations of believers that he has total confidence in the Word of God and in preaching. "I believe that nothing is better calculated to restore health and vitality to the Church or to its members into maturity in Christ" reflects Stott, "than a recovery of true, biblical, contemporary preaching." His book provides precisely those practical guidelines and experienced perspectives needed for such a recovery.After beginning with a historical sketch of preaching, Stott examines contemporary objections to preaching, looking in particular at the Cybernetics Revolution and the influence of television. He then moves on to the theological foundations for preaching after which he examines how preaching can serve to build bridges across chasms of political, social, and ethical controversies. His study then takes on a more practical slant as he discusses how to cultivate and overcome the obstacles to Bible study as well as how to prepare sermons. He ends with a frank yet thoughtful reflection on the preacher's responsibility to live his message through sincerity, earnestness, courage, and humility.Addressed to the head as well as to the heart, this book will encourage and challenge both ministers and laypersons to give themselves more wholeheartedly to their calling-to make known God's message of salvation to a world in dire need of hearing it. Table of ContentsEditor's PrefaceAuthor's Introduction1. The Glory of Preaching: A Historical SketchJesus, the Apostles and the FathersThe Friars and the ReformersThe Puritans and the EvangelicalsThe Nineteenth CenturyThe Twentieth Century2. Contemporary Objections to PreachingThe Anti-authority MoodThe Cybernetics RevolutionThe Church's Loss of Confidence in the Gospel 3. Theological Foundations for PreachingA Conviction about GodA Conviction about ScriptureA Conviction about the ChurchA Conviction about the PastorateA Conviction about Preaching4. Preaching as Bridge-buildingCrossing the Cultural GulfBiblical and Historical PrecedentsChrist our ContemporaryEthics for ChristiansSocial and Political IssuesHandling Controversial QuestionsThe Christian Way to Maturity 5. The Call to StudyBible StudyThe Modern WorldReading and Resource GroupsHabits of StudyHindrances to Study 6. Preparing SermonsChoose Your TextMeditate on ItIsolate the Dominant ThoughtArrange Your MaterialAdd the Introduction and ConclusionWrite down and Pray over your Message7. Sincerity and EarnestnessSincerityEarnestness8. Courage and HumilityCourageHumilityEpilogueSelect BibliographyREVIEWSHomileticsStott shatters the pattern of writing on preaching in many helpful and unexpected ways. ... This stimulating book is suggested reading.Moody MagazineI know of no volume preaching that contains as much material in so few chapters. Stott surveys history and convinces the reader that preaching is an honor and privilege. He understands the contemporary scene and isn't afraid to handle today's objections to preaching.Christian Scholar's JournalBetween Two Worlds has the makings of a classic which will shape the ministries of future preachers, rekindle the flame of experience preachers, and shape the spirituality of non-preachers.