Studies in the Theory and Method of New Testament Textual Criticism

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1993 - Religion - 414 pages
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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."
  

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Review: Between Two Worlds: The Challenge of Preaching Today

User Review  - Dean - Goodreads

4.5 out of 5 stars. Well-known preachers are accused often of setting impossibly high standards in the areas of study, general preparation, and reading. However, I found Stott's suggestions to be both ... Read full review

Review: Between Two Worlds: The Challenge of Preaching Today

User Review  - Dean Miller - Goodreads

4.5 out of 5 stars. Well-known preachers are accused often of setting impossibly high standards in the areas of study, general preparation, and reading. However, I found Stott's suggestions to be both ... Read full review

Contents

The Glory of Preaching A Historical Sketch
15
Jesus the Apostles and the Fathers
16
The Friars and the Reformers
21
The Puritans and the Evangelicals
28
The Nineteenth Century
33
The Twentieth Century
38
Contemporary Objections to Preaching
50
The Antiauthority Mood
51
Bible Study
181
The Modern World
190
Reading and Resource Groups
194
Habits of Study
201
Hindrances to Study
205
Preparing Sermons
211
1 Choose Your Text
213
2 Meditate on it
220

A Christian Response
56
Dialogical Preaching
60
The Cybernetics Revolution
64
The Influence of Television
69
The Learning Process
76
The Churchs Loss of Confidence in the Gospel
83
The Recovery of Christian Morale
85
Theological Foundations for Preaching
92
A Conviction about God
93
A Conviction about Scripture
96
A Conviction about the Church
109
A Conviction about the Pastorate
116
A Conviction about Preaching
125
Preaching as Bridgebuilding
135
Crossing the Cultural Gulf
137
Biblical and Historical Precedents
145
Christ our Contemporary
151
Ethics for Christians
155
Social and Political Issues
159
Handling Controversial Questions
168
The Christian Way to Maturity
174
The Call to Study
180
3 Isolate the Dominant Thought
224
4 Arrange your Material to Serve the Dominant Thought
228
5 Add the Introduction and Conclusion
243
6 Write Down and Pray Over Your Message
254
Sincerity and Earnestness
262
The Preacher as a Person
265
Arguments for Sincerity
267
Earnestness
273
Mind and Heart
280
Humour in the Pulpit
286
The Length of Sermons
292
Courage and Humility
299
The Tradition of Courageous Preaching
300
To Comfort and Disturb
305
The Value of Systematic Exposition
315
Humility
320
The Word of God
321
The Glory of Christ
324
The Power of the Holy Spirit
328
Epilogue
338
Select Bibliography
341
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