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by Haddon Robinson,David W. Henderson

A map of today's cultural landscape, guiding Christians toward more effective communication with the postmodern world.
Download Culture Shift: Communicating God's Truth to Our Changing World epub
ISBN: 0801090598
ISBN13: 978-0801090592
Category: Bibles
Subcategory: Churches & Church Leadership
Author: Haddon Robinson,David W. Henderson
Language: English
Publisher: Baker Books (November 1, 1998)
Pages: 256 pages
ePUB size: 1237 kb
FB2 size: 1442 kb
Rating: 4.9
Votes: 260
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For being written nearly 20 years ago this book still speaks truth for today. Many of us are wondering what is wrong with our technological society today, but Henderson was asking the same questions back then. Certainly to encourage someone to turn off their devices is counter-cultural. I appreciated the format of the book in how it started more general but then he had advanced to more specific and provide possible solutions to his concerns.
Musical Aura Island
I will NEVER look at evangelism in the same way! Man, do we have our heads buried in sand or something? Dr. Henderson makes it painfully simple to see that the world of 20 years ago is exactly that. We need to refocus our approach if we are to help our non-Christian friends see the love of Jesus. Again, awesome book! Years down the road, I will still be taking this book down from my shelf for reference.
The Rollers of Vildar
Incredible book really opened my eyes to how we should act as leaders in this postmodern world. I enjoyed it so much I am buying one for another leader because I know it will bless her.
Every church leader, especially those who teach and preach, should read this book. Your ability to communicate the gospel will vastly increase if you follow the concepts laid down here.
how true our culture is shifting
In high school speech classes, we were taught to "know your audience." As an apathetic high schooler, I didn't really care what she meant, but it eventually made sense (once I actually decided to think about it). You wouldn't use sock puppets to explain math to accountants; you wouldn't use in-depth power-point presentations to explain math to first graders. With this in mind, why do many Americans still try to talk about Jesus using the methods used thirty years ago? Why do we use Christian "jargon" to explain Christianity to those outside the faith?
Henderson, as you might guess, contends that modern American Christians must change their approach to sharing the faith in order to fit modern America. The pattern of Henderson's book is straightforward: he examines a particular aspect/mindset/value of modern Americans; he then gives ideas about how a Christian might share Words of Eternal Life with such an American. Henderson's prose is both straightforward and enjoyable. He gets right to the heart of the American mindset, then illustrates it with descriptions from scenes from popular movies, personal anecdotes, jokes, etc.
In all, Henderson does the modern Christian a great service in writing "Culture Shift." Jesus tells Christains to tell others about him ("Go, therefore, and baptize all nations...") and Henderson can help us along the way through this book. Highly recommended.
This book is not just about "Communicating God's Truth to Our Changing World," but also about better understanding the world we live in today. The author delves into various facets of the modern (American) life to show "Who We Are," (chapter 3-8), and "How We Think," (chapters 9-14). While doing so, he shows not only how deeply our culture has gone into a sort of postmodern chaos, but also gives examples of how he has been able to reach out to non-Christians and see their lives' changed for Christ. Henderson has definitely been affected in his writing by his mentor, the author of the foreword, Haddon Robinson, named one of the top ten preachers in America. This is mostly positive, including Dr. Henderson's "Concepts Worth Remembering" and "Recommended Reading" lists that are at the end of every major section. This book is very readable and helpful for any Christian who may want to know the current culture better as well as how to present the gospel of Christ in the 21st Century. I enjoyed the book for these reasons, but did not feel it was exceptional enough to warrant 5 big stars. However it is very good and any pastor or lay person who is actively involved in the life of their church would enjoy it.
Jason Cruise Founder TodaysPreacher.Com
There are a lot of bad books out there today!! There is nothing worse than spending money on something that you can't use; but, this is not one of those books!!! Henderson's book was super, in my opinion. He is certainly up to speed on today's listener. He uses a constant theme throughout the book which he deems, "God's Word to a _______." For instance, Chapter 6 deals with "God's Word To A Distracted World"; Chapter 8 deals with "God's Word To A Disconnected World." This helps you see how God's Word can reach such a target.
In this work he covers the average person sitting in your audience; what has made them the type of listener they are; their different thinking patterns, etc. David Henderson sat under Haddon Robinson, the "teacher of preachers." You can see Robinson's solid, Biblical influence on Henderson; and, I think this only adds to the credibility of the author.
David Henderson knows how to help you "gain a hearing" with a crowd. The book really helped me better understand today's audience, and techniques to help reach them. I'd really recommend that you read this book ... I think you'll be a better preacher because of it!!!
Preach On Friends ... Jason Cruise