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Preaching in the 21-st Century

In this course, you will learn how to effectively preach in the 21st-century. 

In our post-modern, post-Christian world, people tell us: Learn to accept those who do not think as you do and leave them alone. Love them for who they are instead of who you want them to be. American culture has created an implausibility structure towards Christianity, comprised of pluralism individuality, tolerance, and a relativity of truth that rejects the plausibility of God. Preaching to unbelief addresses the doubts and questions of life experienced by the hearers and addressed within the biblical text.

Your Presenters for this Course:

Stan Granberg

Jonesboro, AR - Southwest Church of Christ

Dr. Stan Granberg is the Executive Minister at the Southwest Church of Christ in Jonesboro, AR and the former Executive Director of Kairos Church Planting which works to help Churches of Christ plant new congregations and campus ministries across the United States. Stan received his education from Harding University, Fuller Theological Seminary and the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies. He has served as youth minister, missionary in Kenya and taught Biblical studies at Lubbock Christian University, Cascade College and Harding School of Theology.

Caleb Borchers

Providance, RI - The Feast Church

Caleb and his wife, Fran, are the lead pastoring couple at The Feast Church. This just means that they handle most of the administrative work, content creation, preaching, and other week to week tasks. Caleb has a Master of Divinity and a BA in Biblical Languages and Youth and Family Ministry. Fran has a BA in Youth and Family Ministry. Caleb hosts the Marvel News Desk Podcast in his spare time and Fran works part time at Urban Greens, a co-op grocery store. They like to travel together, particularly when there is a rugby match involved. The Borchers have four daughters.

Chris Goldman

Lynnwood, WA - NWChurch

Chris Goldman serves as the Lead Pastor of the NWChurch in Lynnwood and is the Certified StoryBrand Guide for The husband of Kim and father of two adult children, he specializes in clear communication, analysis, and synthesis. A graduate of Abilene Christian University (BS) and Pepperdine University (MS), he has also received certifications from CSUS (Business Management), Coach Net (Certified Life Coach) and is a named Hope Network Mentoring Partner. His passion is working within the body of Christ and helping connect people, organizations, etc. to each other.

Jared King

Seattle, WA - Missio Church

Jared is the Lead Church Planter and Pastor of Missio Church. Because of his deep passion for making disciples and planting churches, Jared spends a lot of his time developing leaders, discipling them, and sending them out on mission in the neighborhoods where they live and work. The dream of Missio Church was placed in the hearts of Jared and his wife, Laura, back in 2014.

Originally from Portland, OR, Jared and his family moved to Seattle in 2015 to begin the work of starting Missio Church. For years the dream was to see smaller, interconnected churches in neighborhoods all across Seattle, playing a role in reaching a new generation of people. And so, the vision for starting 100 churches of 100 people came as God slowly refined Jared’s understanding of Seattle and its beautiful people.

Jared holds a B.A. in Religious Studies from Harding University, and an M.A. in Christian Ministry from Harding School of Theology. Jared and Laura have four beautiful children who are a vibrant part of what God is doing through Missio Church, named Sydney, Jade, Gabriel and Cyrus.

Neil Reynolds.

Neil Reynolds

Tuscaloosa, AL - University Church of Christ

Neil is our Senior Minister. He’s been serving in ministry since his junior year in college and started at UCC in the summer of 2017. As our Senior Minister, Neil is the primary teacher in our Sunday gatherings and works closely with the elders and ministers to carry out our mission and vision. Click here to listen to his messages.

Neil’s life was changed through campus ministry as a college student. So, he’s passionate about reaching students. Neil is the author of The Need for College Ministry: Awakening the Church to One of the Most Receptive Mission Fields in the World and writes regularly at

Neil is married to Katie and they have two daughters, Eden and Graceann. Neil loves date nights with Katie and doing almost anything with his girls. He’s also an avid sports fan.

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