Preaching to a Postmodern World

A Guide to Reaching Twenty-first Century Listeners

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To communicate God's Word effectively in the twenty-first century, you need to know how to connect with and confront an audience of postmodern listeners. With this book, you'll learn how to change your style of preaching without compromising the substance, take advantage of new opportunities provided by the cultural shift, and show an inattentive society the relevance of God's truth.


"The world has gone through a major shift in thinking and communication into a postmodern mode, yet much preaching is still "pre-modern" and very out of touch. Graham Johnston has done a significant contribution in his book, showing how preaching can be thoroughly biblical, opening up the text of the Bible but also concerned with the openings in the minds of contemporary people. I plan to recommend it to young preachers in our leadership programs." --Leighton Ford, president, Leighton Ford Ministries

"Here is a significant book, one that urgently needs to be in print. Well written, biblical, and practical, it opens the stained glass windows. For anyone desiring a ministry of impact in today's postmodern society, Graham Johnston has provided an understandable and useful focus for both the professional and the casual reader." --Howard G. Hendricks, chairman, Center for Christian Leadership, Dallas Theological Seminary

"Communicating God's Word is more than just speaking the truth; it's being heard and understood as well. We are living amid one of the greatest cultural shifts in history, where most young people and adults don't even speak the same language. The world is becoming increasingly cynical and biblically illiterate, yet people are still searching for spiritual answers. This book is designed to help Christian leaders better understand their listeners, so they can communicate biblical truths with effectiveness and clarity." --Josh McDowell

"The desire to communicate effectively is a basic but neglected priority for leaders of a missionary faith. Graham Johnston not only brings a shrewd analysis of the present changes in our culture, he also contributes from the perspective of a skilled practitioner. Such a combination is both rare and valuable." --Rev. Dr. Martin Robinson, director of mission and theology at the British and Foreign Bible Society

"Graham Johnston's book considers a very important theme--briskly written, amply illustrated and quite revealing. I have been preaching for over twenty five years and benefited enormously from reading this book." --J.John, speaker and writer

"The mental landscape of contemporary people has changed dramatically. If preachers are to connect, they have to change not the substance but the style of their preaching. Graham Johnston has written a very helpful and practical book that both understands the shift in outlook and offers ways to connect to postmodern people" --Rev. Peter Corney, director, Institute for Contemporary Christian Leadership Inc.

"This book provides a very clear and helpful approach to communicating Christian truth in our postmodern context. While it is popular in its style, it is also academically respectable." --Susan Perlman, associate executive director, Jews for Jesus

The Author

  1. Graham Johnston

    Graham Johnston

    Graham MacPherson Johnston is senior pastor of Subiaco Church of Christ in Western Australia and an adjunct lecturer in homiletics at Perth Bible College. He holds degrees from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Dallas Theological Seminary.

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