YouTube, camera phones, 50" TV screens . . . in today's visually oriented world, multimedia messages reach millions in an instant. Are preachers who stand in front of 300 people becoming obsolete? Offering practical ideas, vivid illustrations, and a variety of media options, Salter helps you transform your sermons into art forms that will reach 21st-century listeners. 192 pages, softcover from Beacon Hill.
Today’s postmodern world prefers mystery over logic, impression over rationale, aesthetic beauty over practicality, and symbolism over obvious answers. We live in an art-enriched, art-minded world.For ministers, this rebirth of creativity and imagination opens the door for exciting possibilities. Scripture itself is an art form. The story of our Christian faith is woven together with the mystery, imagination, creativity, and beauty that characterize the very mind of God. No other book contains more murder plots, love stories, betrayals, adulterous affairs, heroic feats, tragedies, triumphs, and redemptive endings than the Bible.Preaching as Art challenges pastors and speakers to use the Bible and its colorful imagery and literary brilliance to celebrate God’s amazing story. It encourages preachers to invite their listeners to dialogue with them, to experience the Bible stories as they are being told; and by doing so, participate in the very nature and image of God. Author Darius Salter provides practical ideas, sermon illustrations, examples, and a variety of media options to help speakers enrich and transform their messages into art forms that will help listeners appreciate the artistry of Scripture and encounter God as never before.
DARIUS L. SALTER is senior pastor at Richardson, Texas, Church of the Nazarene. His previous positions include professor and chairman of pastoral studies at Western Evangelical Seminary, director of the Doctor of Ministry Program at Nazarene Theological Seminary, and executive director of the Christian Holiness Association. He is also the founder of Redemptive Lift, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the welfare of those who live in the urban core of Kansas City. He earned a Master of Divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in psychology and religion from Drew University. Dr. Salter and his wife, Brenda, live in Texas, and have four daughters: Heather, Heidi, Tabitha, and Ashley.
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