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Between Two Worlds: The Challenge of Preaching Today

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Stott's modern classic, Between Two Worlds, argues that there is a chasm between the biblical world and the modern world. This chasm is bridged through the preaching and proclamation of the Word of God. It is the preacher, empowered through the Spirit, who stands in the gap between these two worlds. It is through preaching whereby the world of the Bible is brought into the ...more
Unknown Binding, 351 pages
Published May 18th 1982 by Eerdmans (first published 1982)
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Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
From pages 324 & 325: [The preacher is] God's steward, dispensing faithfully to God's household the truths committed to him in the Scriptures, nothing more, nothing less and nothing else. ... The main objective of preaching is to expound Scripture so faithfully and relevantly that Jesus Christ is perceived in all his adequacy to meet human need. The true preacher is a witness; he is incessantly testifying to Christ.

I enjoyed and benefitted from Stott's collection of quotes from the Anglican
Aaron Downs
Dec 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Between Two Worlds: The Challenge of Preaching Today
John Stott’s Between Two Worlds argues for the supremacy of preaching through historical examples, theological basis, biblical understanding, and personal holiness. This book, in comparison to Piper’s The Supremacy of God in Preaching, addresses a multiple facets within the topic of preaching. I found two subjects in the book especially convicting: the subjects of “Contemporary Objections to Preaching” and “The Call to Study.”
In the objectio
Matt Moran
Sep 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Excellent. Theological, practical, and very inspiring. Stott begins with a history of preaching in the Christian church and answers some contemporary objections to preaching. He gets into the meat of the book in ch. 3 with his theological foundations for preaching. In ch. 4 he unpacks his title image 'Between two worlds' - Stott pictures the preacher as a bridge between the Biblical world and the 21st century, proclaiming the Gospel faithfully in a contemporary context. His chapters 5-6 on study ...more
Todd Miles
Jan 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: preaching
Stott writes a cover-everything book on preaching. His theological background for preaching, as well as his appeals to church history were very helpful. He even spent time talking through some of the nuts and bolts of sermon preparation. He does great work on the heart necessary to preach. It could have been shorter.
Jun 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: preaching
Books that are given to you by friends, and especially mentors, are often more precious than even great books encountered on your own. Good books are better books when they are passed down, that is part of the beauty of a website like because it facilitates this practice.

Such is the case with this book, it was given to me by Mark Bergin (now preaching pastor at The Painted Door church in Chicago, IL) who trained me for my role as deacon at Mars Hill Church in Seattle, WA. Since we
Bret James Stewart
Stott has written another great book.

Brief Summary

This book deals with preaching in what was recently the contemporary culture. The concepts are timeless, so one must ignore the occasional reference to typewriters or overhead projectors and stick to the ideas Stott is attempting to convey. Of all the functions in the church, Stott believes preaching is the most important. His book provides information and strategies for the modern preacher to use in the pulpit. The first section of the book cont
Vincent Ng
Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
John Stotts’ writing of Between Two Worlds The Art of Preaching in the Twentieth Century, though published in 1982 has great implications for preachers today. The read through has been extremely encouraging and insightful as I learn about preaching and preachers. Stott sets out to summarize the theme of the book in that “preaching is indispensable to Christianity.” He has a great sense of the urgency of preaching in the church and for the Christian. He firstly introduces a history to preaching, ...more
Aaron Ventura
Aug 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
One of the best all-around books on preaching that I have read. Stott writes with a helpful self-reflectiveness that sees self-forgetfulness as a goal, however unattainable it is. I was reminded again that everything is sermon preparation and afflictions are how we become pastors who know how to both comfort the heartbroken and afflict the complacent.
Dec 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book was AMAZING!! I absolutely loved it and it challenged me to think about preaching/teaching in an entirely new way.

Some of my favorite thoughts (and there were many) are...

"I confess that in the pulpit I am often seized with 'communication frustration', for a message burns within me, but I am unable to convey to others what I am thinking, let alone feeling. And seldom if ever do I leave the pulpit without a sense of partial failure, a mood of penitence, a cry to God for forgiveness, an
Clayton Hutchins
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Enormously helpful and well-written. I will return to this often.
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John R. W. Stott is known worldwide as a preacher, evangelist and communicator of Scripture. For many years he served as rector of All Souls Church in London, where he carried out an effective urban pastoral ministry. A leader among evangelicals in Britain, the United States and around the world, Stott was a principal framer of the landmark Lausanne Covenant (1974). His many books, including Why I ...more
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