Postmodern thought questions the presuppositions of many disciplines---including homiletics. Offering a description of the contemporary worldview and its implications for Christian faith, Lose teaches pastors how to rise to the challenges presented; explores practical implications of confessional preaching; and provides concrete methods for preparing sermons that bridge biblical texts and today's congregations. 264 pages, softcover from Eerdmans.
With its relentless insistence that there is no reality beyond that which we construct, postmodern thought questions the presuppositions of many disciplines, including homiletics. Offering a lively description of the postmodern worldview and its implications for Christian faith, Confessing Jesus Christ by David Lose teaches preachers how to rise to the challenges posed by our postmodern world.
Few if any books on preaching offer such a comprehensive investigation of postmodern thought or yield such a wealth of insights for relevant Christian proclamation. Significantly, Lose sees postmodernism not primarily as an obstacle to the church but as an opportunity for it to stand once again on faith alone rather than on attempts to prove the faith. According to Lose, preaching that seeks to be both faithful to the Christian tradition and responsive to our pluralistic, postmodern context is best understood as the public practice of confessing faith in Jesus Christ. He explores the practical implications of a confessional homiletic for preaching and also provides concrete methods for preparing sermons that meaningfully bridge biblical texts and contemporary congregations.
David J. Lose is president of The Lutheran Theological Seminaryat Philadelphia. He is also the author of Making Sense of Scripture (2009).