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Between Two Worlds challenges both pastors and laypersons to restore health and vitality to the church and encourages them to give themselves wholeheartedly to their calling.

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John Stott (1921–2011) was rector emeritus of All Souls Church, Langham Place, London, and founder of the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 351 pages
  • Publisher: Eerdmans; Reprint edition (May 18, 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802806279
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802806277
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
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By William E. Turner Jr. on May 13, 2004
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Stott's modern classic, Between Two Worlds, argues that there is a chasm between the biblical world and the modern world. This chasm is bridged through the preaching and proclamation of the Word of God. It is the preacher, empowered through the Spirit, who stands in the gap between these two worlds. It is through preaching whereby the world of the Bible is brought into the world of modern hearers and modern culture is confronted with the Bible.
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.
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I just finished this book (English edition "I Believe in Preaching") and, though I had a number of quibbles, I think this is one of Stott's most classic books. Churches throughout the world have systematically abandoned expository preaching and taken hold of secular business growth strategies. While growth in numbers may occur, the depth of faith is not there because the preaching is not from the Bible. Stott's book is a reminder that preachers should not preach what the audience wants to hear, but what they need to hear. What Stott really pushed for me was the notion that preachers should engage both the intellect and the emotion. Preaching which is merely intellectual is dry and uninteresting, no matter how true it is. Preaching which is merely emotional has little substance to it. True Expository preaching (the systematic preaching through books of the Bible, rather than topics or themes or hobbyhorses of the preacher) engages both the head and the heart, the intellect and the emotions, the ancient world (of the Bible) with the modern world of today.
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The thesis set forth in the late John R.W. Stott’s famous book on preaching, Between Two Worlds, is that preaching is “an indispensable necessity…both for evangelism and for the healthy growth of the Church (9).” He seeks to prove this thesis by giving strong theological and biblical arguments for the necessity of preaching. In addition, he strives to counter opposition from the contemporary society towards his thesis by answering these objections directly (50-85).

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).
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This excellent resource on preaching was very fresh for me. Stott approaches it from a different angle than many do. His aim is to show that preaching must connect two worlds - the Biblical world and the modern world. The image he uses is bridge-building, and the only bridge that is successfully built, is the one with an end firmly planted on both sides of the gap it attempts to span! Thus, this book encourages not only a firm grasp of the Scriptures, but a regular perusal of the newspaper . . . not because the two are equal in authority, but because the aim of the preacher is to bring the Bible to bear on the mind of the modern man. Other very interesting things are discussed - like the history of preaching, methods of study, and how to prepare sermons. An excellent resource for preachers and pastors!
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