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Between Two Worlds: The Challenge of Preaching Today Paperback – May 18, 1982
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Stott begins by briefly surveying the history of preaching from Jesus to the 20th-Century. He continues by answering three objections, which are commonly leveled against preaching. First, he confronts the anti-authority mood of our culture by arguing that preaching should be dialogical - preaching is not a monologue but a conversation. The second objection is the ever-growing problem with the technological dominance of our culture. God is a speaking God and Christianity is very much a culture of the written and spoken word. How then is one to be heard in an ever-increasing culture of images? Stott shows that the sacraments are visual and most necessary our lives must visually reflect the message we proclaim. The last objection is the loss of confidence in the gospel. Founded upon strong conviction, Christian preaching, must regain confidence in the truth, relevance, and power of the gospel.
The heart of the book is found in chapters three and four. Chapter three highlights the theological foundations for preaching. One must have biblical convictions about God, Scripture, the Church, the pastorate, and preaching. We must allow the text to be master and preachers must recognize that they are servants to Scripture. In chapter four he proceeds to make the case that preaching is bridge-building.Read more ›
In laying the foundation to his book, Stott begins with a historical sketch in order to display “a certain glory in the preaching ministry (9).” His historical sketch is chronological, beginning with the apostles and early church, through medieval and the reformers, all the way to the 19th and 20th century expositors. After establishing the rich tradition of preaching, Stott jumps to the contemporary objections towards preaching in chapter two. The three main arguments against preaching from the contemporary society are: the anti-authority mood, the cybernetics revolution and the loss of confidence in the gospel (50-51).” In chapter three Stott lays out his theological foundations for preaching which consist of a number of convictions. The content involves convictions about, God, Scripture, the church, the pastorate and preaching.
After laying a strong theological and historical foundation for preaching, the author in chapter four looks to bridge the gap between the biblical and modern world. He does so by speaking about a number of ways the preacher can apply the word to a contemporary audience. These involve combining “…the authoritative and the tentative, the dogmatic and the agnostic, conviction and open-mindedness, teaching the people and leaving them free to make up their own minds…(178).Read more ›
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Wonderful clarity of the essence of preaching. This book should be read by every person given the privilege of teaching Scripture.Published 6 months ago by Paul Gotthardt
I enjoyed reading this book of John Stott where he did excellent work of elaborating on the foundations and basic principles of Biblical preaching. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Shohrat
Awesome for a young preacher or an experienced preacher. Very informative.Published 18 months ago by John R Lansford
There is a reason why Between Two Worlds is still routinely listed in preaching magazines as one of the top books on preaching, now over thirty years after publication. Read morePublished 20 months ago by GC
Love Stott's emphasis on the Holy Spirit empowered purpose of preaching. He clearly believes in the sufficiency of the Word of God and the humility that preaching demands. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Sam
This is an old version. I thought this is 2nd version as the photo shows for the title, but I received old one.Published 23 months ago by Kwang Hyun Ha