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Preaching to Postmoderns: New Perspectives for Proclaiming the Message

Format: Digital
ISBN: 9781565634008


How does one preach to a congregation immersed in a postmodern culture outside the church, but often finding itself in another culture within its walls? Do the postmodern criticisms offer any opportunities to the preacher for addressing the great truths of Scripture in new and fresh ways? Robert Kysar and Joseph M. Webb, both scholar-preachers, believe that they do.

Preaching to Postmoderns: New Perspectives for Proclaiming the Message seeks to inform and encourage pastors who want to expand their horizons. Webb and Kysar have addressed the need for pastors to understand the staggering numbers of new approaches to biblical interpretation and the bewildering choices for sermon preparation that they represent. In this book, they offer introductions to each of the major types of interpretive methods and point out the implications for each in preparing a sermon. They successfully move the theories of biblical interpretation out of the ivory tower and into the pastor’s study. To exemplify how each of the major methods impacts the preaching task, they offer a sample sermon for each method.

This is a book that will bring pastors up to date in biblical interpretation while demonstrating what difference it makes for preachers as they seek to use the various methods.

The Logos edition of this work on preaching is fully searchable and easily accessible. Scripture passages link directly to your English translations and to the original language texts, and important theological concepts link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and the wealth of resources in your digital library.

Key Features

  • Introduces the most common methods of biblical interpretation
  • Discusses sermon preparation through each interpretive method
  • Includes a sample sermon from each approach


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  • What Difference Do Social-Scientific Theories Make?
  • What Difference Do Literary Criticisms Make?
  • What Difference Do Liberation Criticisms Make?
  • What Difference Do Deconstruction Theories Make?
  • What Difference Does the Nature of Meaning Make?

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About the Authors

Robert Kysar is Emeritus Bandy Professor of Preaching and New Testament at Emory University and the author of numerous works on preaching, including Opening the Bible: What It Is, Where It Came From, What It Means to You and Stumbling in the Light: New Testament Images for a Changing Church.

Joseph M. Webb is professor of global media and communication and dean of the School of Communication and Media at Palm Beach Atlantic University. He is the author of Preaching without Notes and Comedy and Preaching, and is coauthor with Robert Kysar of Greek for Preachers.