Postmodernism. Secularism. Pluralism. These are the words often used to describe the tumultuous changes that have affected our culture and our churches. But what do they really mean? More importantly, what challenges and opportunities do they provide today’s preachers? David Lose takes preachers on a tour of the major cultural influences of the last century, explaining how they have contributed to the diminishment of the church and exploring how they also 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.
"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 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—questions the tradition raises for postmodernism and questions that postmoderns put to tradition and preaching. Spontaneous combustion occurs igniting fires that bring warmth and light to the pulpit." —Ronald Allen 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 Candler School of Theology