Telling the Truth: Evangelizing Postmoderns (Google eBook)

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Zondervan, Sep 1, 2009 - Religion - 416 pages
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"A pre-modern baseball umpire would have said something like this: 'There's balls, and there's strikes, and I call 'em as they are.' The modernist would have said, 'There's balls, and there's strikes, and I call 'em as I see 'em.' And the postmodernist umpire would say, 'They ain't nothing until I call 'em.'" With that humorous quote, Ravi Zacharias illustrates the challenge postmodernism poses to Christians passionate about evangelism. How do you communicate truth to a world that isn't sure what truth is--or even if truth is? How do you commend spiritual absolutes to people who insist there are none? If you've puzzled, even struggled, over such questions, the book you hold in your hands is required reading, Telling the Truth provides informed insights on the heart of the Gospel, the soul of postmodern culture, and their complex interface. This book is a compilation of thoughts and strategies from twenty-nine prominent practitioners of contemporary evangelism. Originating at a three-day conference held at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Telling the Truth draws on knowledge gained in the trenches by Ravi Zacharias, Kelly Monroe, D.A. Carson, Ajith Fernando, and other notables. It will open your eyes to how the contest for souls is fought, guerilla-style, at a multitude of fronts: relationships, the university, ethnicity, reason and emotion, the pulpit, communications . . . in short, the broad spectrum of human experience and values. You'll be challenged to discern between the unchanging Gospel and the flexible means by which we communicate it. Telling the Truth can help you lay the groundwork necessary to point biblically uninformed, postmodern men and women toward an encounter with non-negotiable truth -- an absolute revealed in the Bible that points to the reality of sin and the need for a Savior.
  

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User Review  - H. Van Wingerden - Christianbook.com

An excellent book very appropriate to the situation in a Dutch village. I got a new insight in how people live and think. I also got to see new ways in which to approach the people with the message of ... Read full review

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User Review  - theologicaldan - LibraryThing

This is an excellent collection of presentations made at a conference on Postmodernism and the Church at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. The addresses cover the bases from the philisophical ... Read full review

Contents

PREFACE
CONTRIBUTORS
PART ONEOpening Plenaries
CHAPTER 1AN ANCIENT MESSAGE THROUGH MODERN MEANSTO A POSTMODERN MIND
CHAPTER 2THE TOUCH OF TRUTH
PART TWOThe Challenge
CHAPTER 3WHY IS RELIGIOUS PLURALISM FUNAND DANGEROUS?
RORTY FOUCAULT AND THE GOSPEL
CHAPTER 16REACHING OUT TO POSTMODERN ASIANAMERICANS
PART SIXThis Relational Age
CHAPTER 17FAITHFULLY RELATING TO UNBELIEVERSIN A RELATIONAL AGE
CHAPTER 18THE LIFESTYLE OF THE GREAT COMMISSION
CHAPTER 19AUTHENTIC CHURCHBASED EVANGELISMIN A RELATIONAL AGE
PART SEVENExperiences and Strategies
CHAPTER 20FINDING GOD AT HARVARD
CHAPTER 21MINISTERING IN THE POSTMODERN ACADEMY

PART THREECritical Topics
CHAPTER 5WHY SHOULD ANYONE BELIEVE ANYTHING AT ALL?
CHAPTER 6TWO WAYS TO LIVEAND BIBLICAL THEOLOGY
CHAPTER 7KEEPING CHRIST CENTRAL IN PREACHING
CHAPTER 8THE UNIQUENESS OF JESUS CHRIST
CHAPTER 9COMMUNICATING SIN IN A POSTMODERN WORLD
CHAPTER 10TURNING TO GOD
PART FOURCrucial Passages
CHAPTER 11THE GOSPEL PARADOX
CHAPTER 12THE AMBASSADORS JOB DESCRIPTION
PART FIVEChurch Campus Ethnicity
CHAPTER 13CHURCHCAMPUS CONNECTIONS
CHAPTER 14CHURCHCAMPUS CONNECTIONS
CHAPTER 15PENETRATING ETHNIC PLURALISM
CHAPTER 22EXAMPLES OF EFFECTIVE EVANGELISM
CHAPTER 23GENERATING HOPE
CHAPTER 24WILLIAM CAREY REVISITED
CHAPTER 25EVANGELIZING POSTMODERNS USINGA MISSION OUTPOST STRATEGY
CHAPTER 26THE GOSPEL FOR A NEW GENERATION
PART EIGHTClosing Plenaries
CHAPTER 27THE URGENCY OF THE GOSPEL
CHAPTER 28ATHENS REVISITED
NOTES
INDEX
INDEX OF MODERN NAMES
SCRIPTURE INDEX
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About the author (2009)

D. A. Carson (PhD, University of Cambridge) is research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. He is the author or coauthor of over 50 books, including the Gold Medallion Award-winning book The Gagging of God and An Introduction to the New Testament. He is general editor of Telling the Truth: Evangelizing Postmoderns and Worship by the Book. He has served as a pastor and is an active guest lecturer in church and academic settings around the world.

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