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Overview Mohler believes contemporary preaching suffers from an infatuation with technology, a focus on felt needs, and an absence of the gospel. He examines the public exposition of the Bible and explains why the church can't survive without it.
Publishers Description "Contemporary preaching suffers from a loss of confidence in the power of the Word, from an infatuation with technology, from an embarrassment before the biblical text, from an evacuation of biblical content, from a focus on felt needs, from an absence of gospel." Preaching, the practice of publicly expositing the Bible, has fallen on hard times. How did this happen? After all, as John A. Broadus famously remarked, "Preaching is characteristic of Christianity." In this powerful book, "He Is Not Silent: Preaching in a Postmodern World, " R. Albert Mohler Jr. shows us how. In a style both commanding and encouraging, Mohler lays the groundwork for preaching, fans the flame on the glory of preaching, and calls out with an urgent need for preaching. This message is desperately needed yet not often heard. Whether you're concerned or enthused by the state of the church today, join Mohler as he examines preaching and why the church can't survive without it.
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More About R. Albert Mohler, Jr.
R. ALBERT MOHLER, JR. is the ninth president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He also serves as a professor of Christian theology and editor-in-chief of the "Southern Baptist Journal of Theology." Mohler is the author of "He is Not Silent, Culture Shift," and "Desire and Deceit." He lives in Louisville, Kentucky with his wife and two children.
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Antitdote for America's Weak Churches May 13, 2010
Albert Mohler's clear and focused premise could change churches all over America. He offers hope to those who are tired of topical sermons and nebulous stories told to make points about Biblical material. ... Just preach the Word straight through, don't skip the good parts thinking someone will get offended; someone will always be offended by the Word of God. He offers the solution to dying congregations.
Great Read May 3, 2010
Dr. Mohler's book on preaching must be on every pastor and bible teacher's book shelf. It is a great introduction to expository preaching. This book can be read in less than a month and yet contains timeless principles entailed within. One quote that I am reminded of is the following:
"Every pastor is called to be a theologian...The health of the church depends upon its pastors functioning as faithful theologians..."
In an age where Evangelical's are caving to post-modernism, pastor's must love the Word of God and not shy away from preaching it faithfully. This necessarily entails being a theologian. I recommend Dr. Mohler's book whole heartedly.
A Must Read Apr 21, 2009
Dr. Mohler is one of my heroes and this book is a MUST READ! He makes the case of the true purpose of preaching and that is the glory of God. Read this book and when you do - you will not be able to put it down. I promise you that. One of the best books on preaching out there.
Husband loves it! Jan 21, 2009
This was a gift for my husband. He could not put it down and keeps referring to it in conversation. Great for the evangelist in your life!
A bit disappointed Jan 4, 2009
I have always been a fan of Al Mohler. He is one of the few articulate voices proclaiming Truth in a post-modern culture. So, I picked up this book with great anticipation.
Make no mistake. This is a good book, and it ought be read by any committed Believer. However, I was off-put almost immediately by the foreword. And, it telegraphed the overall theme of the book: "Preaching=good. Almost everything else=bad."
I am conflicted in that I agree with the premise of this book. We HAVE strayed away from the Truth of Scripture. We HAVE given our pastors permission to preach in circles, instead of sticking with the Biblical text. We HAVE been too enamored with modern technology. But, Mohler seems to be making the assertion that God's Word can only be heard through preaching. My fear is that, if this view takes hold, we will move back into the days where "the preacher" was viewed as the anchor of the local church (instead of the Body of people being the anchor), and where vibrant Praise is supplanted by a guy who likes to hear himself talk.
The fact is that the Body Of Christ needs to come together to HEAR the Word and to DO the Word. Solid expository preaching SHOULD be the norm. But, it isn't the only way that God speaks to His people. Music is a powerful communication tool. Christian songwriters ought to be encouraged to dig deep and write modern songs that are full of theology, much like the old hymns. One of the reasons I suspect Mohler reacts to the modern church expression is because music has become the focus and so many of the songs are without any grist. They are "feel good" songs. But, we ought not throw the baby out with the bath water. (The pendulum always tends to swing too far in one direction or the other.) Preaching AND music should be ever-present in our corporate gatherings as Believers, and both elements ought to be full of The Truth.
The same is true with technological accompaniments. Yes, we have become too enamored with them. But, if they serve a visual purpose in accenting the Truth of what is being preached or sung, they are useful and sometimes tremendously so.
So, I think Mohler is on the right track here. I just think he is over-reaching a bit.
That said, I will stand with Al Mohler anytime, anywhere in the cause of reclaiming the Truth for our culture. He is clearly a man of great conviction who is capable of hanging out with the intellectuals. In that context, I hope he will remain a strong voice within Christendom.