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Communicating Faith in a Sceptical Age

An accessible and practical guide for clearly communicating the gospel, no matter the context

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New York pastor and acclaimed author Timothy Keller is widely known and respected for his compelling preaching, described by The New York Times as what has 'helped turn Dr Keller... into the pastor many call Manhattan's leading evangelist'. In this book he shares his wisdom on communicating the Christian faith from the pulpit as well as from the coffee shop.

Most Christians - including pastors - struggle to talk about their faith in a way that applies the power of the Christian gospel to change people's lives. Timothy Keller is known for his insightful, down-to-earth sermons and talks that help people understand themselves, encounter Jesus and apply the Bible to their lives. In this accessible guide for pastors and laypeople alike, Keller helps readers learn to present the Christian message of grace in a more engaging, passionate and compassionate way.

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  • Introduction: Three Levels of the Ministry of the Word
  • Prologue: What Is Good Preaching?
  • Part One: Serving the Word
  • 1. Preaching the Word
  • 2. Preaching the Gospel Every Time
  • 3. Preaching Christ from All of Scripture
  • Part Two: Reaching the People
  • 4. Preaching Christ to the Culture
  • 5. Preaching and the (Late) Modern Mind
  • 6. Preaching Christ to the Heart
  • Part Three: In Demonstration of the Spirit and of Power
  • 7. Preaching and the Spirit
  • Acknowledgments
  • Appendix: Writing an Expository Message
  • Notes

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Contributors Dr Timothy Keller
ISBN 9781444702187
Format Paperback
First published April 2017
Dimensions 129mm x 198mm x 20.1mm
Language English
Publisher Hodder & Stoughton

Christopher Ash

The Gospel Coalition

Preaching is not easy. In this book we have the written thoughts of Tim Keller, perhaps the best-known apologist for the Christian faith in the sophisticated West... We should be grateful to Keller for his wisdom, scholarship, and humility.

Bryon Borger

Hearts and Minds

If you want to see ‘between the lines’ and just ‘below the surface’ of our cultural moment and societal ethos... Which is to say, if you are any kind of Christian leader, teacher, writer, blogger, public thinker, politician, artist, media person, campus minister, youth leader, parent, Christian educator, spiritual director, or anyone with influence... then this is going to be exceptionally helpful for you.

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Preparing for the Ear

John Woods, Evangelicals Now, September 1st 2015

The book begins by asking the question: ‘What is good preaching?’ The exploration of this question provides a clue to what makes Keller effective as a preacher: he is more than the sum of his parts. What constitutes good preaching is often rather subjective; grasping the essence of good preaching is like trying to dissect a fragrance. I was particularly taken with the distinction between a good sermon and good preaching: the former might impress and inform, the latter penetrates and transforms.... continue reading


Christopher Ash, The Gospel Coalition, June 8th 2015

Preaching Christ is not only the ultimate way to fully understand a text, nor just the best way to simultaneously reach those who don’t believe and those who do, but also the way to be sure that your address moves beyond a dry lecture and becomes a real proclamation of the truth that reaches the heart . . . . Jesus himself [is] the ultimate way to move from informing the mind to capturing the heart, from merely giving out information to showing everyone a Beauty.... continue reading


Robert Kinney, 9Marks, August 28th 2015

I gladly recommend it to anyone charged with preaching or teaching regularly. Keller offers practical guidance along the way that, if followed, will help us to make progress in preaching the Christian gospel to the hearts of a tired, confused, and even skeptical generation.... continue reading

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