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Facing Snarls and ScowlsPreaching through Hostility, Apathy and Adversity in Church Revitalization

Facing Snarls and Scowls

Preaching through Hostility, Apathy and Adversity in Church Revitalization

Brian Croft and James B. Carroll
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Pastor, the hard work of church revitalization is a unique experience and battle ground. It can feel like you’re all alone. But the trials you face are not new. Faithful preachers throughout scriptures and church history have encountered hostility, apathy, and adversity, and continue to do so today. Brian Croft and James Carroll share their personal stories and seek to encourage you to faithfully persevere in this Spirit–empowered, God–honoring, Christ–exalting work.

Brian Croft

About Brian Croft

Brian Croft is Senior Pastor of Auburndale Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky and is the Founder of Practical Shepherding. He is also Senior Fellow of the Mathena Center for Church Revitalization at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

James B. Carroll

About James B. Carroll

James B. Carroll has been the Senior Pastor at Parkway Baptist in Bardstown, Kentucky since 2010.


  • Authors: Brian Croft and James B. Carroll
  • Release Date: July 2019
  • Pages: 160
  • Format: Trade paperback
  • Dimensions: 198 x 130
  • ISBN: 9781527103825
  • Imprint: Christian Focus
  • Category: Ministry & Evangelism > Pastoral Resources


From the Bible, and from examples drawn from Church history, as well as their personal experiences, these authors encouraged my own heart. If the fire in your heart is burning low, this is the book that will help reignite the gift God has given you to be a faithful preacher, no matter the cost.

Erwin Lutzer, Senior Pastor, Moody Church, Chicago, Illinois

It seems I have read enough books on preaching to populate a small book store, but never one like this. Both authors have served as faithful preachers in a revitalizing context for many years and have long practiced the things they write about here. Read it and be reminded (and instructed) that the power of God for transformation—for the church—lies in what the apostle Paul calls “the foolishness of preaching.”

Jeff Robinson, Pastor, Christ Fellowship Church of Louisville, Kentucky and Senior Editor, The Gospel Coalition
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