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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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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

Despair, fatigue, and frustration are grave threats to pastoral ministry. How does one not only endure but improve as a preacher when there is little affirmation and few signs of growth? Here is a book that gives advice and inspiration for preachers who need encouragement to stay true to their calling to preach the Word (2 Tim. 4:1). 

Joe Barnard, Executive Director, Cross Training Ministries

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

There is sufficient simple biblical realism in this volume to make it widely applicable. Both authors have faced particular battles in different difficult contexts, and both seek to filter that experience through the grid of Scripture, to give counsels and encouragements for those seeking to revitalise troubled or stubborn churches in accordance with the Word of God. Even more settled pastors in more solid churches will find much to stimulate and to instruct in this helpful and accessible volume.

Jeremy Walker, Pastor, Maidenbower Baptist Church, UK

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