A Theology of Preaching: The Dynamics of the Gospel

A Theology of Preaching: The Dynamics of the Gospel

by Richard Lischer
     
 

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Richard Lischer's book is a stirring affirmation of preaching's importance as a major enterprise in its own right. It is, he writes, "a theological preface whose aim is to show how theology informs preaching and how preaching, as a kerygmatic, oral, practical activity, informs theology and brings it to its final form of expression. Dr. Lischer points to the

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Richard Lischer's book is a stirring affirmation of preaching's importance as a major enterprise in its own right. It is, he writes, "a theological preface whose aim is to show how theology informs preaching and how preaching, as a kerygmatic, oral, practical activity, informs theology and brings it to its final form of expression. Dr. Lischer points to the historically negative results of preaching's exclusion from theology, and then shows the benefits derived from the proper interaction of the two disciplines. As he elaborates on this theme, he explores the centrality of the Resurrection in both theology and preaching, the relation of the law and the gospel, and how preaching calls upon theology to recover its oral-aural foundation.

For Lischer, the act of preaching is an exercise of the preacher's imagination. The real work of imagination is not inserting clever stories or esthetically pleasing images into the argument of the sermon. It is knowing how to read texts in such a way that they will be allowed to function according to their original power and intent.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781579106591
Publisher:
Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date:
06/01/2001
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
114
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

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Meet the Author

Richard Lischer is the James T. and Alice Mead Cleland Professor of Preaching at Duke Divinity School. He is the author of several books on preaching and ministry, including The Preacher King: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Word that Moved America; Concise Encyclopedia of Preaching, and the forthcoming anthology, The Company of Preachers. His most recent book is a memoir of his first ministry, Open Secrets: A Spiritual Journey Through a Country Church (Doubleday 2001). Other books include: Marx and Teilhard: Two Ways to the New Humanity, Speaking of Jesus: Finding the Words for Witness and Theories of Preaching: Selected Readings in the Homiletical Tradition

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