The turn of the new millennium will be accompanied by great fanfare, as everyone from civic leaders to advertisers try to capitalize on people's excitement about the dawning of a "new age." Yet beneath all this hype and noise will remain a fundamental expectation that what lies ahead
of us will be different in significant ways from what has come before. With that expectation comes both fear and hope; fear about the uncertainty into which the dramatic turn of the calendar propels us,
and hope for the good that it might bring.
The gospel, says John Killinger, has always spoken to people's fears and hopes, and no more so than today. Without falling into the exaggeration and overstatement that will accompany the culture's response to the new millennium, preachers must nonetheless recognize the need people will have to hear the reassuring and reinvigorating word that the good news has to offer at this time.
Preaching the New Millennium will help preachers identify the central questions and concerns that their congregations have as the turn of the millennium occurs. It outlines the basic biblical themes and texts that address these concerns, and provides ideas for sermons and sermon series geared to preaching the new millennium. Written in the lively, engaging style characteristic of Killinger's work, this book will be a valuable resource for all who wish to speak the word of the gospel in a changing time.
"Killinger has given the preacher a gold mine of help for preaching
on the millennium in an intelligent and responsible fashion."
--Perry Biddle, author of A Funeral Manual, A Wedding Manual, and
A Hospital Visitation Manual