Lisa Cressman, Founding Steward of Backstory Preaching, has a new book out, The Gospel People Don’t Want to Hear: Preaching Challenging Messages (Fortress Press, 2020), the third in the new Working Preacher Books series. Cressman takes on the difficult truth that much of what we have known as “normal” isn’t anymore: climate change, globalization, technology, a second Church reformation, and now the pandemic, are permanently altering the world, for good and for ill. How do we move toward a common future that some are ready to sprint towards, while others refuse to budge? By lifting up the Gospel no one wants to hear: death always precedes new life. “In a time of division and heightened rhetoric, the task of preaching can seem perilous, especially preaching on sensitive and challenging issues. Lisa Cressman does not shrink from the task. She creatively describes a way of preaching that is prophetically faithful and an act of deep pastoral care.” –Thomas G. Long, Bandy Professor Emeritus of Preaching, Candler School of Theology
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