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Preaching at the Crossroads: How the World—and Our Preaching—Is Changing
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Preaching at the Crossroads: How the World—and Our Preaching—Is Changing


Fortress Press 2013

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Postmodernism. Secularism. Pluralism. These are the words often used to describe the tumultuous changes that have affected our culture and our churches. In this volume, David J. Lose examines what these words really mean—and what challenges and opportunities they provide today’s preachers. Taking preachers on a tour of the major cultural influences of the last century, Lose explains how these movements have contributed to the diminishment of the church. He also explores how they offer opportunities to cultivate a more vibrant and relevant faith in the twenty-first century. Filled with lucid analysis and practical suggestions, Preaching at the Crossroads invites preachers to reclaim the art of preaching the timeless gospel in a timely and compelling manner.

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Key Features

  • Discusses the last century’s major cultural influences
  • Examines the effect of these influences on the church
  • Offers practical examples and suggestions for preaching the gospel today


  • Introduction: At the Crossroads
  • Part I. Postmodernism
    • Preaching at the End of the World (as We Know It)
    • The Preacher and the Postmodern Bible
  • Part II. Secularism
    • Preaching Hope in the Secular Age
    • Preaching the Grandeur of God in the Everyday
  • Part III. Pluralism
    • Ministry and Preaching in the Age of Digital Pluralism
    • Preaching and Christian Identity
  • Afterword: The Long and Winding Road

Praise for the Print Edition

David Lose provides a brilliant cultural GPS for preachers who need help navigating the often bewildering claims of a post-Christian world. This essential book maps the subtle contours of the ground and charts clear and helpful paths for preaching.

—Paul Scott Wilson, professor of homiletics, Emmanuel College, University of Toronto

David Lose is a wise and experienced guide for the church as it walks the line between Christian tradition and the emerging postmodern world. He looks the most serious questions in the eye and does not flinch.

—Ronald J. Allen, professor of preaching and gospels and letters, Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis

No one thinks more clearly or writes more effectively about the place of preaching in a postmodern, secular, pluralistic world than does David Lose. This book shows a firm grasp of contemporary philosophy, biblical hermeneutics, and the challenges of digital culture. What is perhaps most impressive about this volume, however, is that, in a crowded marketplace of sermonic gimmicks and quick-fixes, Lose holds instead to a vision of preaching that is profoundly theological and centered on the gospel.

Thomas G. Long, Bandy Professor of Preaching, Candler School of Theology, Emory University

Product Details

  • Title: Preaching at the Crossroads: How the World—and Our Preaching—Is Changing
  • Author: David J. Lose
  • Publisher: Fortress Press
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 124
  • Christian Group: Lutheran
  • Resource Type: Topical
  • Topic: Preaching Resources

About David Lose

David J. Lose is president of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. He is the author of Making Sense of the Cross, Making Sense of the Christian Faith, Making Sense of Scripture, and Confessing Jesus Christ: Preaching in a Postmodern World. He speaks widely in the United States and abroad on preaching, Christian faith in a postmodern world, and biblical interpretation.