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Why Johnny Can't Preach: The Media Have Shaped the Messengers Paperback – February 27, 2009
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"No, it's not just you. There's a lot of disappointing preaching today, and it's not entirely due to departures from sound principles. It's also affected by the media culture in which we live. While there are helpful studies of popular culture and important books on proper biblical interpretation and theology, this book does both. I couldn't help but wince as I recognized myself in Gordon's descriptions, but he writes so clearly and convincingly that I couldn't help but be grateful." --Michael Horton, Westminster Seminary California
"An insightful diagnosis of a serious problem in the life of the church. For this we should be grateful, as we should for the way out of the crisis to which this book ably points." --David F. Wells, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
"Adds more to the homiletical conversation than ten books twice its length. Dr. Gordon is saying things that no one else has said, perhaps because no one dares to. He brings two very important perspectives to bear on the serious business of preaching: finely tuned literary sensibilities and media ecology. Electronic media alter perception and dramatically transform the sensibilities of preachers and the rest of the culture. Gordon's analysis offers us hope that Johnny can learn to preach well." --Gregory Edward Reynolds, pastor, author of The Word Is Worth a Thousand Pictures: Preaching in the Electronic Age
About the Author
T. David Gordon has been Professor of Religion and Greek at Grove City College since 1999. Previously, he was an Associate Professor of New Testament at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary for 14 years and Pastor at Christ Presbyterian Church (Nashua, NH) for 9 years.
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Gordon is not saying preaching is bad, but that most preaching in most churches is bad. Why? Using a good bit of anecdotal evidence and case study findings (like the correlation between reading independently and the ability to independently think), he reveals that the root of mediocre preaching across America is due to a lack of reading and writing. And what reading pastors do, it's mostly for big points and not underlying themes or patterns. Also, writing doesn't exactly cut the cake when it's all online emails or social media.
So what Gordon asks is, when you take the reading and writing problems of preachers and hand them a Bible, how does that turn out? Like other books: it isn't read, written about or preached on well. Gordon offers different solutions to combat our culture of "motion-worship" and may even ignite a desire in you to pick up some classic texts (he made me want to pick up a poetry anthology) in the process.
With a firm tone and revealing content, Gordon managed to efficiently and effectively pack all of his thoughts, concerns, and motivations into 108 pages. This book can be read in a matter of days if not less. I enjoyed the book so much I found myself wishing he had filled the book with more of his well-placed wisdom.
Whether you feel the call to ministry, seminary, or you just want to know what's so important about reading and writing, you'd be at a loss for not picking this book up. It's only 108 pages -- get reading!!
While Gordon lays out his major premise of cultural influence in the first three chapters, chapters 4 and 5 are helpful in their own way as Gordon in chapter four speaks about the content of the sermon, making a plea for Gospel-centered preaching which avoids errors like moralism, pragmatism and politicism in the pulpit. Chapter 5 is a plea to return to cultivating skill in reading and writing as well as an encouragement to pastors to seek constructive feedback from their congregants.
This is a short but thought-provoking work which will shed new light on preaching in our day.