What Do They Hear?: Bridging the Gap Between Pulpit and Pew  -     By: Mark Powell
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What Do They Hear?: Bridging the Gap Between Pulpit and Pew

Abingdon Press / 2007 / Paperback

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 107
Vendor: Abingdon Press
Publication Date: 2007
ISBN: 0687642051
ISBN-13: 9780687642052

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Powell provides a startling study of how differently the pastor and the congregation interpret Scripture, how this difference affects what the congregation hears in the sermon, and how to bridge this gap with equally startling practical steps.

This remarkably fascinating book reveals how significant social location—such as age, gender, nationality, race, and education—is when interpreting the Bible. Illustrated with two studies, Mark Allan Powell demonstrates how this plays out most dramatically in the gulf, often quite wide, between the preacher and the congregation.

Every preacher who reads this book will appreciate as never before the significance of social differences in the reception of his or her sermon, will see the unmistakable need to bridge this gap, and will receive clear instruction on how to do just that.

Author Bio

Leatherman Professor of New Testament, Trinity Lutheran Seminary. Author of Jesus as a Figure in History (WJK, 1998); A Fortress Introduction to the Gospels (Fortress, 1998); God With Us: Toward a Pastoral Theology of Matthew's Gospel (Fortress, 1995); What Is Narrative Criticism? (Fortress, 1990).

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