Using wisdom gained from his years of preaching and teaching others to preach, J. Ellsworth Kalas has engaged with integrity and critical depth an issue that may well be intrinsic to the task of preaching. In an age where the level of distraction that impacts both preacher and hearers has not only reached overwhelming proportions but has also become normative in the ultra-media culture of the twenty-first century, he offers practical advice for both understanding and engaging the challenge. The purpose of preaching is the proclamation of the gospel, and the focus of the preached message is always God. Kalas gives critical attention to these tenets of homiletical practice as he not only identifies and addresses many sources of distractions but also guides the preacher in ways of both overcoming and using said distractions to the benefit of the preaching moment. This book is a worthy addition to every preacher's library.
-Gennifer Benjamin Brooks,
Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
In any endeavor, in every field,knowing and practicing the basics in integral to success. In Preaching in a Age of Distraction, J. Ellsworth Kalas reminds us that life-giving and life-claiming preaching involves knowing our times, loving our people, immersing ourselves in the Word, living lives of awareness and being 'distracted' by the ultimate Creator. Excellent preaching is not just about bringing prepared words, but bringing a prepared life.
V3 Church Planting Movement
Dr. Kalas's lucid insights into the distracted culture we live in, the variety of congregations and congregants pastors serve, and the challenges we face in combining pastoral and administrative duties with preaching weekly are true to life. Some books can make me feel overwhelmed by the pastoral task. But reading Preaching in an Age of Distraction provided a lens to review my work and my people, and left me refreshed and renewed, wanting to pursue this high and holy calling without distraction.
The National Presbyterian Church, Washington, D.C.