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Overview In this revision of a long-enduring classic, Kraft (Deep Wounds, Deep Healing) shows once again why he is the anthropologist par excellence of Christian mission and why his books appeal to Christians of both liberal and evangelical theological orientation. He draws upon faith experience and the social sciences to make pastors, preachers, missionaries, and religious educators aware of the mystery of human communication in the service of the God who calls all into communion. The question is: how to communicate with those of other cultures, so that the message is effectively transmitted and received? How do we recognize the gaps - of language, tradition, life experience - that separate us, and build bridges over them?
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.24" Width: 6.17" Height: 0.56" Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Release Date Dec 1, 1991
Publisher Orbis Books
ISBN 0883447630 ISBN13 9780883447635
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More About Charles H. Kraft
Charles H. (Chuck) Kraft is retired from the faculty of the School of Intercultural Studies at Fuller Seminary (formerly the School of World Mission) after 40 years as professor of anthropology and intercultural communication. He taught anthropology, communication, contextualization, and spiritual dynamics (inner healing, deliverance, and spiritual warfare) to missionaries and prospective missionaries. He holds degrees from Wheaton College (BA anthropology), Ashland Theological Seminary (BD theology), and Hartford Seminary Foundation (PhD anthropological linguistics). He served as a pioneer missionary among a tribal group (Kamwe/Higi) in northeastern Nigeria for three years followed by five years each on the faculties of Michigan State University and UCLA, teaching linguistics and African languages. He is the author of more than 30 books and numerous articles in the fields of his expertise. He spends most of his time now ministering to those with emotional and spiritual problems and conducting deep healing (inner healing) seminars in churches worldwide. He has been used by God to lead thousands to spiritual and emotional freedom in Jesus Christ. Those who would like ministry or a seminar may contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Spiritual Transformation through Ministry Communication Feb 8, 2008
Communication remains an ever-present challenge. Communicating to people for change, at any level, provides would-be communicators with the greatest possible challenge. "Communication in ministry is doubly difficult because it carries the responsibility before God to communicate His Word accurately. As spokes-persons for God, we must perpetually strive to improve our skills" (John Miller).
God is the Great Communicator, and as Christians we have opened ourselves to Him both as receptors of His message and as co-laborers with Him in communicating those messages to others (Kraft). In "Communication Theory for Christian Witness", Kraft does a great job in communicating to the reader the dynamics of the communication process. He provides excellent insight into the rules and principles according to which effective communication transactions take place as well as revealing certain ways in which God has employed these principles to communicate His messages.
Working from the Bible, Kraft takes a look at contemporary communication theory to shed light on the communicational dimensions both of what we do and of what God does (as presented in the Bible). "God's communicated activity, then, can provide us with a model to imitate and methods to be guided by. For he has revealed not only the messages to be communicated, but how to communicate them effectively for those receptors who have the interpretational skills to "
Good start, but a bit unbalanced Oct 20, 2007
Communication Theory for Christian Witness, by Charles Kraft is a great book for the field of communication from a Christian perspective. It is one of the only books on the subject that begins not with modern psychology or pragmatic pinings, rather with God's Word. At the start of the book, Kraft uses much ink to detail God's communication to man as a basis of how we can most effectively communicate to others. Kraft spends many pages speaking of God becoming flesh in Jesus, to relay His message of hope and Salvation... and in the same way we must meet people as they are to share the message with them. The first few chapters are filled with delightful challenges for us to emulate God communicationally. Then things quickly digress into questionable territory.
After such a solid start, Kraft quickly turns his Biblically based thesis into one of opinion and often contradictory statements. Toward the end, even the solid tangible application turns into mostly unrealistic theory. Statements almost bashing modern "preaching" in favor of laid back "talking" as well as a push away from more literal Bible translations in favor of paraphrases make me question the validity of Kraft's scholasticism. Contradictions such as Krafts angst against those who use flowery, expressive language and large vocabulary to communicate- (as he rants in very flowerly language with many 5 dollar words) made the last few chapters hard to follow. In all, I found the book to be a bit unbalanced. While the first few chapters were groundbreaking in helping us emulate God's communication, the rest of the book was frustrating and hard to follow. Considering it is one of the only books of its kind, I would still recommend this book. If you read it... do yourself a favor and skim the back half.
Following the communication model of Jesus Oct 20, 2007
The "Communication Theory for Christian Witness" attempts to present the principles that can be garnished from how Jesus HImself communicated. Charles H. Kraft has written a pioneering book on communication theory; looking at the methodology Jesus employed. Kraft approaches the book with the premise that not only can we learn from the message Jesus proclaimed, but as the master teacher we can also benefit from how He communicated and delivered His message. Being the only book (I know of)on the market discecting communication from this perspective it make the book whorthwhile to read. The book begins soley on the premise of Christ's methodology but slowly decrechendos. As the book progresses it subtly shifts to a secular dynamic; leaving its original purpose. This leaving of the stated purpose was the main weakness I found in the book; but again is still a worthwhile read.
have to look for the good bits Jun 12, 2007
Communication Theory for Christian Witness by Charles H. Kraft is a book that I must give a mixed review. There were some strengths, but by and large I did not feel that taking time to read has substantially added anything to my life or ministry. Most of the principles he lays out are not particularly "Christian", though he does give some application from the perspective of a preacher.
This book seems to me to be a book on communication by a man who is not particularly a great communicator. He lays down a lot of great mechanical rules on how to communicate so as how to make a difference, but he does not seem to follow them particularly well. For example, he often harshly scolds strict translations of the bible for their overly technical language and claims that good communicators do not use highly technical language. This may be true, but in his book Kraft uses lots of highly technical language. He mentions the need for examples, but he hardly gives any clear ones himself. He also exalts the communicative power of a life well lived as opposed to communication through language; he also states that written language probably has very little power to change...strange convictions for a man writing a book!
I also had strong disagreements with certain points he either presumed or tried to make. He claims that Christianity in America has become over intellectualised and that as good preachers our goal should try to get people to respond. I feel strongly the opposite: American Christianity his highly sentimental and it is often easy to get American Christians acting but with very little Biblical perspective. On a lesser note he states that a very effective way to open a speech is by giving compliments and thanks to your host audience. I disagree. Such openings are trite and, though they may be polite, they seldom command the attention of your hearers. (The author did not begin his book by thanking me for taking the time to read his work!)
On a more positive note, though I feel that the author failed to apply in the book the principles that he took time describe, some were good principles. Some of the principles he took time to describe were obvious and a bore to read, but others were less obvious and in need of saying. His insistence on not being abstract but on giving concrete examples was great (he should have observed it himself though.) I felt chapter 11 on how to operate was the best chapter in the book. It contained lots of good advise, not all of which was obvious. All in all, I would have to say that there are better books out there.