Preaching with Conviction: Connecting with Postmodern Listeners

By Kenton C. Anderson
Grand Rapids : Kregel (2001). 160 Pages.

Reviewed by Dr. Alex Montoya
12.2 (Fall 2001) : 249-249

Preaching with Convictionis the third in a series of books published by Kregel as sources to help modern preachers address the needs of their congregations. Dr. Kenton C. Anderson is dean and assistant professor of applied theology at ACTS Seminaries. He also served in the pastorate.

The book is written in a novel format which quickly arrests attention and keeps it to the very end. The story line is about a small town preacher who is questioning the validity of the message as well as the medium of preaching as a way to impact human nature. Caught in the tide of postmodern thinking, the community in which the preacher finds himself challenges his basic presupposition concerning the message preached.

The dialogues in the novel revolve around the basic components of preaching:

First Stage: Discovery (The Message)

Second Stage: Construction (The Sermon)

Third Stage: Assimilation (Unction)

Fourth Stage: Delivery (The Event)

The other two chapters deal with the problem of postmodernism and a discussion of the theology of preaching.

The reader should keep in mind that all is done in the context of a novel. To this reviewer, the approach was effective as well as entertaining. It challenges the preacher to stick to his convictions, both about the message and about the task of preaching.