Communicating the Faith Indirectly: Selected Sermons, Addresses, and Prayers [NOOK Book]

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Volume 3 The Paul L. Holmer Papers: Selected Sermons, Addresses, and Prayers In his teaching and his writing, Paul L. Holmer (1916-2004), Professor of Philosophy at the University of Minnesota (1946-1960) and Noah Porter Professor of Philosophical Theology at Yale Divinity School (1960-1987), not only made important contributions to recent American theology, but was also much in demand as a public speaker and preacher. Following his death, the Holmer family in 2005 donated his papers to the Yale Divinity School ...
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Volume 3 The Paul L. Holmer Papers: Selected Sermons, Addresses, and Prayers In his teaching and his writing, Paul L. Holmer (1916-2004), Professor of Philosophy at the University of Minnesota (1946-1960) and Noah Porter Professor of Philosophical Theology at Yale Divinity School (1960-1987), not only made important contributions to recent American theology, but was also much in demand as a public speaker and preacher. Following his death, the Holmer family in 2005 donated his papers to the Yale Divinity School Library. In this, the third volume of The Paul L. Holmer Papers: Communicating the Faith Indirectly, the reader will see Holmer's deep concern with the problems and possibilities of the sermon, liturgy, ministry, and spirituality. Inspired by Søren Kierkegaard's reflections on "indirect communication," and by Ludwig Wittgenstein, Holmer not only reveals his strenuous reflection on the sermon, but also gives concrete examples of his own efforts to communicate, enabling his hearers and readers to "make sense" of their lives. In the first part of this volume, Holmer reflects upon Kierkegaard's "indirect communication," a communication not of knowledge but of human capacity. In other pieces Holmer turns to liturgy, ministry, and spirituality. In the second part of this volume, the reader sees Holmer's own challenging, uncompromising practice of religious and Christian communication, in a selection of his sermons, addresses, and prayers. For anyone concerned with sermons, liturgy, spirituality, and the challenges of ministry, Holmer's essays and addresses will prove indispensable. This is the third volume of The Paul L. Holmer Papers, which includes also volume 1, On Kierkegaard and the Truth, and volume 2, Thinking the Faith with Passion: Selected Essays.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781621894810
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/1/2012
  • Series: The Paul L. Holmer Papers , #3
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 747 KB

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David J. Gouwens is Professor of Theology at Brite Divinity School. He is the author of Kierkegaard's Dialectic of the Imagination (1989) and Kierkegaard as Religious Thinker (1996). Lee C. Barrett is Stager Professor of Theology at Lancaster Theological Seminary. He is the author of The Heidelberg Catechism (2007), Foundations of Modern Theology: Kierkegaard (2009), and co-editor of Kierkegaard and the Bible (2010).
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Table of Contents

Foreword William H. Willimon ix

Editors' Preface: Paul L. Holmer and the Religious Address xiii

Acknowledgments xvii

Abbreviations xx

Part 1 Holmer on the Sermon, Liturgy, Ministry, and Spirituality

1 Indirect Communication: Something about the Sermon (With References to Kierkegaard and Wittgenstein) 3

2 About Liturgy and Its Logic 20

3 The Minister, a Reconsideration: Meditatio, Oratio, Tentatio 31

4 Spirituality and Self-Deception 45

Part 2 Sermons, Addresses, and Prayers

5 Remarks on the Occasion of a Baptism 67

6 Remarks on the Occasion of a Marriage 76

7 On Speaking the Truth in Love: Remarks on the Occasion of an Ordination 80

8 An Advent Sermon: The Gospel according to Luke 1:26-38 95

9 On Worshipping God: A Meditation on Psalm 73 101

10 On Receiving Mercy 109

11 On Being Steadfast: Jesus Christ, the Same... 120

12 Making Sense Christianly: Baccalaureate Sermon 127

13 The Transforming Power of Otherworldliness 139

14 On Believing in Heaven 148

15 Selected Prayers 159

Afterword: Paul L. Holmer: Self-Effacing, Swaggering, Nonpareil David Cain 163

Appendix: Paul L. Holmer: A Select Bibliography 167

Bibliography 171

Index of Names 173

Index of Subjects 175

Scripture Index 177

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