Preaching

Eight Preachers Go to Hell: Reflections on the Place No One Wants to Go

Eight Preachers Go to Hell: Reflections on the Place No One Wants to Go
$8.00
You may think you already know everything about hell that you need to know. The eight preachers who wrote this book thought they did, too. Each one is a pastor of a church where hell is almost never mentioned: churches often called liberal, progressive, or mainline Protestant where "the threat of hell does not seem real."

So, they challenged themselves to investigate further and discover what they really thought. . .

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9780829820287
Publication Date: 
2014-10-03
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End of Preaching

End of Preaching
$16.00
The End of Preaching is equal parts instruction and inspiration, offering practical help for every preacher and seminarian, and providing a new way of thinking about the purpose and craft of preaching. Tom Troeger explores the end--or purpose--of preaching as prayer. He gently reveals layer after layer of meaning for the preacher and the practice of preaching, giving deep insight into the preacher's approach, the task of preaching itself, and the impact of preaching on the hearers. This is a book to be studied and savored, a wonderful gift for one's self or any preacher friend.

Thomas Troeger delivered the 2016 Beecher Lectures, the nation's most prestigious and influential series of lectures on the topic of preaching. The series was established at Yale University in 1871.

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9781501868092
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2018-11-20
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Feasting on the Word: Children's Sermons for Year B

$20.00

Many pastors are confused about what to say during children�s time in churches. Feasting on the Word Children�s Sermons for Year B offers practical suggestions for preparing and delivering the children�s sermon. After explaining the importance and purpose of the children�s sermon, noted Christian educator Carol Wehrheim provides a retelling of each Sunday�s Bible story� based on the Revised Common Lectionary�for the entire church year. In addition, she provides a few stories for special Sundays, including the Jewish Celebration of Purim, the Jewish Celebration of Passover, and Thanksgiving Day. This resource provides pastors and other church leaders with fresh, engaging stories that children will understand and enjoy.


Also available: Feasting on the Word Children�s Sermons for Year A and Feasting on the Word Children�s Sermons for Year C.

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9780664261085
Publication Date: 
2017-09-14
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FOR ALL THE SAINTS

FOR ALL THE SAINTS
$10.95
O'Driscoll offers a collection of meditations for the scriptural saints and holy days of The Book of Common Prayer. Each meditation includes the collect and three readings for the day, followed by a brief homily. Many set in the Holy Land, these imaginative reflections are ideal for weekday homilies, devotional reading at home or in groups, or studies in Christian scripture and tradition.
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9781561011117
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1995-11-23
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Go Preach!: Mark's Kingdom Message and the Black Church Today

Go Preach!: Mark's Kingdom Message and the Black Church Today
$25.00
Go Preach! connects the apocalyptic message of Mark's Gospel to principles and programs of socio-cultural transformation in the life of the Black church today. Brian Blount begins his study of Mark by examining the social significance of Jesus' proclamation of the coming Kingdom of God. This was a future event that was at the same time breaking through in the present. Through Jesus, "God's future power invaded and transformed the human present." This experience of the Kingdom empowered the disciples to "Go preach" the Kingdom message in word and deed, to finish the story that Marks narration about Jesus began.

Blount goes on to show that the Black church occupies a situation analogous to that in which the Gospel arose, and explores the implications of apocalyptic theology for the pastoral mission of the Black church today. Go Preach! makes an important contribution to understanding the meaning of the Kingdom of God. At the same time it also demonstrates the value of a sociolinguistic approach to scripture, both in interpreting the text in its original context and in unpacking its meaning for today. It is required reading for biblical scholars, students, and clergy.

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9781570751714
Publication Date: 
1998-04-22
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God Comes Out: A Queer Homiletic

God Comes Out: A Queer Homiletic
$24.00
This book offers practical suggestions about how to initiate liberating conversations about sexual differences.
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9780829817300
Publication Date: 
2007-10-03
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God in Her Midst: Preaching Healing to Wounded Women

God in Her Midst: Preaching Healing to Wounded Women
$12.00
Author and pastor Elaine Flake crafts a womanist theology and praxis of preaching to the population most overlooked and overwhelmed in our pews: wounded women"€"women who are wounded by virtue of their gender and more particularly black women who are also wounded by virtue of their race.

Discover how to unfold in every sermon the good news that brings healing, instead of more hurt, to black women. Flake offers samples from her own ministry, sermons that explore the lives of misunderstood women from the Bible, including:

[€[ The wives of Job and Lot

[€[ The daughters of Zelophehad

[€[ Hagar, the Egyptian

[€[ Leah, the unloved

[€[ The poor widow

[€[ And the "woman with the issue of blood"

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9780817015060
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2007-03-01
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God in Pain: Teaching Sermons on Suffering

God in Pain: Teaching Sermons on Suffering
$18.00
Everyone understands human pain. But many Christians have difficulty comprehending God's pain, especially God's pain in the death of Christ. Is it atonement or child abuse? To speak of God in pain, says Barbara Brown Taylor, is not only to address the biblical stories of Christ's suffering and death but also to proclaim the God who is present in our pain. This volume of teaching sermons on suffering presents different approaches to the problem of God in pain. In each sermon, Taylor speaks with sensitivity and insight as she addresses both the human and divine impact of pain.
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9780687058877
Publication Date: 
1998-03-01
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God's Trombones: Seven Negro Sermons in Verse

God's Trombones: Seven Negro Sermons in Verse
$15.00
Introduced by Maya Angelou, the inspiring sermon-poems of James Weldon Johnson

James Weldon Johnson was a leading figure of the Harlem Renaissance, and one of the most revered African Americans of all time, whose life demonstrated the full spectrum of struggle and success. In God's Trombones, one of his most celebrated works, inspirational sermons of African American preachers are reimagined as poetry, reverberating with the musicality and splendid eloquence of the spirituals. This classic collection includes Listen Lord (A Prayer), The Creation, The Prodigal Son, Go Down Death (A Funeral Sermon), Noah Built the Ark, The Crucifixion, Let My People Go, and The Judgment Day.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

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9780143105411
Publication Date: 
2008-06-01
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Good News Preaching: Offering the Gospel in Every Sermon

Good News Preaching: Offering the Gospel in Every Sermon
$20.00
This book provides a guide for the development of sermons, but places the emphasis on that element of preaching - the good news.
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9780829819175
Publication Date: 
2011-10-01
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Hearing The Word Of God: Reflections on the Sunday Readings, Year C

Hearing The Word Of God: Reflections on the Sunday Readings, Year C
$15.95

Catholic Press Association Award Winner!

The commentaries on the Lectionary readings in Hearing the Word of God are an attempt not only to hear the Word of God in Scripture but also to suggest ways that the Sunday readings might continue to nurture faith and life. Inevitably, they reflect the time in which they were first written - as a popular weekly column in America from November 2000 to Advent 2001.

Hearing the Word of God includes Scripture readings for the Sunday, followed by a reflection on the reading, and concludes with Praying with Scripture, a series of questions and meditations to guide readers in making a personal application of the reflection.

John R. Donahue, SJ, PhD, is the Raymond E. Brown Distinguished Professor of New Testament Studies at St. Mary's Seminary and University, Baltimore. He is the coauthor, with Daniel Harrington, SJ, of the Sacra Pagina commentary on The Gospel of Mark, published by the Liturgical Press.

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9780814627846
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2003-09-01
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Holy Spirit and Preaching

Holy Spirit and Preaching
$17.00

Describes what it means to be anointed with the Spirit so that one can preach "to raise the dead."

In The Holy Spirit and Preaching, James A. Forbes, Jr.--widely hailed as one of the nation's foremost preachers--offers four dynamic lectures originally delivered as the Lyman Beecher Lectures at Yale University, the most prestigious annual preaching event in the United States.

In each of the lectures, Forbes focuses on the Holy Spirit as it relates to preaching. He traces the Holy Spirit's activity in Jesus' ministry and looks at the impact of being anointed by the Holy Spirit. Forbes demonstrates how the Holy Spirit works with the pastor in the preparation and delivery of a sermon. The Holy Spirit and Preaching concludes by focusing on the need for anointed preaching, and the way anointed preaching happens today.

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9780687173099
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1989-05-01
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Homiletical Plot: The Sermon as Narrative Art Form

Homiletical Plot: The Sermon as Narrative Art Form
$22.00

Now in reissue with a new foreword by Fred B. Craddock and afterword by the author, Eugene L. Lowry, The Homiletical Plot, Expanded Edition follows in the same solid tradition of its predecessor. Upon its release, The Homiletical Plot quickly became a pivotal work on the art of preaching. Instead of comments on a biblical passage, Lowry suggested that the sermon follow a narrative form that moves from beginning to end, as with the plot of a story. This expanded edition continues to be an excellent teaching resource and learning tool for all preachers from introductory students to seasoned clergy.

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9780664222642
Publication Date: 
2000-12-01
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How Odd of God: Chosen for the Curious Vocation of Preaching

How Odd of God: Chosen for the Curious Vocation of Preaching
$20.00

Election is a strange word when used in theology. It brings to mind old debates about what God might or might not have done before the foundation of the world. But viewed apart from that historical baggage, the word election is about a central gospel idea: that in Jesus not only does God choose to be God for us but chooses us to be for God. The calling of the disciples in the gospels is a story of election, of how God chooses to transform the world by choosing us to be messengers and agents of that transformation.

So it is, says William Willimon, that election becomes not just the content of our preaching but the means as well. God chooses preachers. How unlikelyhow oddis it that God should entrust the proclamation of the gospel to, well, us? This unpredictable, electing God reaches out to save the world and then leaves it in the hands of preachers to get the word out? Through us, through our stammering tongues and faltering hearts, the preached word becomes the Word of God. If you wonder why you drag yourself into the pulpit every Sunday, if you worry that your sermons aren't reaching past the front pew, then read this book and be encouraged. God chooses; God chooses preachers; God chooses you.

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9780664259747
Publication Date: 
2015-10-09
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How to Preach a Dangerous Sermon

How to Preach a Dangerous Sermon
$18.00

Learn to use four characteristics of "preaching with moral imagination" to proclaim freedom for all. The author describes the four characteristics using examples like Robert F. Kennedy, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Prathia Hall, and the Moral Monday Movement, along with musicians and other artists of today. Moral imagination helps the hearer to see what they cannot see, to hear what they cannot hear--to inhabit the lives of others, so that they can embody Christ and true freedom for those others. This book equips and empowers preachers to transcend their basic skills and techniques, so that their proclamation of the Word causes actual turnaround in the hearts and lives of their hearers, and in their communities.

"Frank Thomas has written a passionate summons: amid the current destructive chaos of our society there is an urgent need for moral imagination. Such imagination is the antithesis of "diabolic" and "idolatrous" imagination that is all to the fore in our public discourse and practice. Thomas fleshes out "moral imagination" with close reflection on the practice of Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King. Before he finishes Thomas shows how the urgency of "moral imagination" belongs peculiarly to the work of the preacher. This book is a welcome call for gospel-grounded courage and truth about the neighbor issued in a way that refuses the self-serving fakery that dominates our public life." --Walter Brueggemann, Columbia Theological Seminary

"Timely and prophetic, How to Preach a Dangerous Sermon presents a homiletic essential for our churches today. Thomas insists that it is up to the preacher to recapture and reclaim the moral imagination of our nation so that the Gospel's message of freedom is true for all people. With attention to specific figures whose witness models the qualities and characteristics of moral imagination, Thomas inspires the preacher toward powerful proclamation that both challenges and critiques any speech that subjugates or subordinates. How to Preach a Dangerous Sermon is must read for preachers to recover and reimagine the leadership role of the church for the sake of justice for all." --Karoline M. Lewis, Associate Professor of Biblical Preaching and the Marbury E. Anderson Chair of Biblical Preaching, Luther Seminary; author of She: Five Keys to Unlock the Power of Women in Ministry.

"In this lucid and compelling book, Frank Thomas plumbs the depths of American moral rhetoric for insights that will help preachers. How to Preach a Dangerous Sermon provides new and dramatic ways in which the moral imagination in a democratic society can be nurtured by visionary, empathic, wise, and artistic preachers."--John S. McClure, Charles G. Finney Professor of Preaching and Worship, Vanderbilt Divinity School

"Warning: Preachers, if you are comfortable with the status quo of white privilege, patriarchy, hetero-normativity, and classism, do not read this book. If you are comfortable with sermon series that reduce the gospel to self-help acronyms, don't read this book. But if you have the courage to look honestly at our landscape and bring the moral imagination of the Christian tradition to bear on it, open these pages and your sermons may never be the same again. But then again neither will the church--or the world--be the same anymore, if enough of us follow Thomas's advice." --O. Wesley Allen, Jr., Lois Craddock Perkins Professor of Homiletics, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University


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9781501856839
Publication Date: 
2018-02-20
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Hum: Call and Response in African American Preaching

Hum: Call and Response in African American Preaching
$17.00

In The Hum: Call and Response in African Preaching, Evans E. Crawford, with Thomas H. Troeger, relates his analysis of African American folk preaching by relying upon an indigenous scheme for evaluation. The call/response tension in black preaching (derived from a West African tradition) is what drives the musicality of speech in black churches. Crawford refers to this musicality as "hum thoughts" and one can imagine the choir responding with a low rumbling hum to the musical intonations of a motivated preacher.

Key features: a new volume in the Abingdon Preacher's Library, edited by Thomas H. Troeger; a different approach to preaching, firmly rooted in the black experience; leads the reader to understand preaching as an oral event; uses the term "homiletical musicality" to describe the musical understanding of the way sermons are heard and the oral response they awaken in the listener; and, coins new phrases for describing the preaching event.

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9780687180202
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1995-03-01
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I Believe I'll Testify: The Art of African American Preaching

I Believe I'll Testify: The Art of African American Preaching
$22.00
Cleo LaRue is one of the best-loved preachers and writers about preaching. In past volumes, he has brought together great collections of African American preaching to showcase the best preaching from across the country. Here he offers his own insights into what makes for great preaching.

Filled with telling anecdotes, LaRue's book recognizes that while great preaching comes from somewhere, it also must go somewhere, so preachers need to use the most artful language to send the Word on its journey.

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9780664236779
Publication Date: 
2011-04-04
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I Refuse to Preach a Boring Sermon: Engaging the 21st Century Listener

I Refuse to Preach a Boring Sermon: Engaging the 21st Century Listener
$17.00
It is not always about the message but about the connection. In this day of multi-tasking, distraction and technology overload, the message may miss the mark. With easy-to-follow suggestions, Wiseman will help any preacher, lay and ordained, to take risks and embrace creative ways to preach a powerful message that will be heard and touch the spirit.
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9780829819564
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2013-09-30
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Imagery for Preaching

Imagery for Preaching
$6.95
ISBN/SKU: 
9780800611507
Publication Date: 
1989-01-01
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Imposing Preacher: Samuel DeWitt Proctor and Black Public Faith

Imposing Preacher: Samuel DeWitt Proctor and Black Public Faith
$29.00

As a distinguished Baptist pastor, educator, and public servant, Samuel DeWitt Proctor made it his mission to serve American life by fighting against racism. In The Imposing Preacher, Adam Bond shows how Proctor, as the product of a prophetic black church tradition, a social gospel-laced liberal Protestantism, and a black middle-class integrationist ethos, envisioned a type of pulpit activism through which the United States could realize a civil society and genuine community, and was able to anticipate and contest some of the themes articulated in the black religious movements of the late twentieth century.

Bond shows Proctor to be a public theologian committed to developing an inclusive and racially pluralistic global society that confronts racism as the social crisis of its time. Proctor did not respond to segregation through marches and visible protests. Instead he saw the classroom and the pulpit as the sacred spaces for dialogue about race in America. In this way, he presents an alternative model of religious and social leadership and for studies of African American religion in the twentieth century.

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9780800699727
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2013-06-01
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In The Carpenter's Workshop

In The Carpenter's Workshop
$8.95
This is Jerry Eckert's third volume on the use of drama in story sermons and is filled with scripts and suggestions for presenting the Gospel in a dramatic and exciting fashion. Using the style of presentation made famous by You Are There, some of these offerings are usable scripts for holiday special services.
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9780788010675
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1998-01-01
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Invasion of the Dead: Preaching Resurrection

Invasion of the Dead: Preaching Resurrection
$20.00
Our world and our churches are neither sinful nor lost, they are dead. This dead world is the one that God engages and into which Jesus invaded with a radically different vision of life.

In this groundbreaking work, based on his 211 Yale Beecher lectures, Brian K. Blount helps preachers effectively proclaim resurrection in a world consumed by death. Recognizing that both popular culture and popular Christianity are mesmerized by death and dying, Blount offers an alternative apocalyptic vision for our time--one that starts with a clear vision of life that obliterates death and reveals life's essence. Blount explores the portrait and meaning of resurrection through the New Testament (the Book of Revelation, the letters of Paul, and the Gospel of Mark) and explores how to biblically and theologically reconfigure apocalyptic preaching for today. With three illustrative sermons, this book is an ideal resource to help preachers proclaim the power of resurrection.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780664239411
Publication Date: 
2014-01-31
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JUST PREACHING: PROPHETIC VOICES FOR ECO NOMIC JUSTICE

JUST PREACHING: PROPHETIC VOICES FOR ECO NOMIC JUSTICE
$32.00
The Academy of Parish Clergy, Inc. selected Just Preaching: Prophetic Voices for Economic Justice in the Top Ten Books for Parish Ministry published in 2003. In a world that is deeply divided, just preaching becomes a common ground for ecumenical and interfaith dialogue and unity. Bringing together essays and sermons from an impressive list of leading scholars, pastors, and rabbis, Just Preaching shows not only how to preach on social justice but also what is at stake for God, for communities of faith, and for the world in matters of social distress. It orients preachers to the theological, biblical, and contemporary social and economic realities that confront the impoverished in our society and empowers preaching to move congregations to act justly in concrete ways for those for whom God desires special care. Organized around eight topics of social and economic justice and preaching for justice, each section features an introduction from the editor, an explicatory essay, and sample sermons to inspire your own preaching.
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9780827217157
Publication Date: 
2006-02-07
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Keeping Hope Alive: Sermons and Speeches of Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.

Keeping Hope Alive: Sermons and Speeches of Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.
$25.00
For over fifty years, Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., a Baptist minister, activist, and organizer, has worked for civil rights, peace, and the promise of true democracy. From his years in the Civil Rights movement, his work as founder of the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, and as an international ambassador for human rights, he has left an indelible impression on the history of our time. These speeches and sermons, delivered both to the downtrodden and the powerful, from Senegal and Bangkok to Chicago include the famous speeches he delivered at the Democratic Party conventions of 1984 and 1988 following his historic campaigns for the presidential nomination.
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9781626983595
Publication Date: 
2019-12-16
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Kindling Desire for God: Preaching as Spiritual Direction

Kindling Desire for God: Preaching as Spiritual Direction
$19.00
The discipline of preaching has undergone several evolutionary moments in the past century, focusing on its purpose as being variously persuasion, explanation, and, most recently, communication. Of particular and lingering influence has been Harry Emerson Fosdick's "preaching as counseling" model, which urged therapeutic, individualistic methods upon the pastor. In the search for a model of preaching that is apt for our postmodern moment, Kay Northcutt respectfully eschews these earlier models and suggests that the "what" of preaching should consist in spiritual formation or the practice of "spiritual direction" - pointing listeners to God. Taking an evocative, rather than "how-to," approach, Northcutt notes the gaps created by these earlier models and makes a case not only for framing preaching as an "attractive art" but also for understanding the preacher's authority as particularly religious in nature. By demonstrating the dynamics of her model of preaching as spiritual direction, the author provides readers with a new paradigm for developing their own homiletical discipline.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780800662639
Publication Date: 
2009-01-01
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