Groans of the Spirit: Homiletical Dialectics in an Age of Confusion [NOOK Book]

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Groans of the Spirit constitutes a rousing challenge to mainline churches and their practice of preaching. In this inventive work, Timothy Slemmons calls preachers beyond the formalism of the New Homiletic, and beyond the ethical proposals that have arisen in the frustrated struggle to transcend it, and toward what the author calls a "penitential" (reformed) homiletic. This new homiletical proposal is distinctive in that it faithfully adheres to the Christological content of preaching, finds its inspiration in ...
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Groans of the Spirit: Homiletical Dialectics in an Age of Confusion

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Overview

Groans of the Spirit constitutes a rousing challenge to mainline churches and their practice of preaching. In this inventive work, Timothy Slemmons calls preachers beyond the formalism of the New Homiletic, and beyond the ethical proposals that have arisen in the frustrated struggle to transcend it, and toward what the author calls a "penitential" (reformed) homiletic. This new homiletical proposal is distinctive in that it faithfully adheres to the Christological content of preaching, finds its inspiration in the promise of the real presence of Christ, and trusts in the ministry of the Holy Spirit, from whom alone the power for the renewal of the mainline church shall come. This book includes a thorough reconsideration of the "infinite qualitative difference" between God and humanity in Barth's thought, an important critique of Gadamer's reception of Kierkegaard's concept of contemporaneity, an undelivered lecture on the content of preaching, and two sermons that illustrate Slemmons's important proposals. Groans of the Spirit is a long-considered, calculated, and overdue break with conventional hermeneutics that proposes a vital homiletical pneumatology, which draws the art of the sermon out of the ghetto of mere rhetoric and presents it as it truly is: as theological reflection of the first order, the church's primary language of faith.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781621893004
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/10/2010
  • Series: Princeton Theological Monograph Series , #138
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 421 KB

Meet the Author

Timothy Matthew Slemmons is Assistant Professor of Homiletics and Worship at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary. His sermons, essays, and poems have appeared in various publications.
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Table of Contents

Aknowledgments ix

Abbreviations xii

Introduction xv

1 "Not Our Ways": Diastasis as Karl Barth's Enduring Realdialektik and an Exercise for Homiletical Pedagogy 1

2 Contemporaneity in the Dock: A Critical Comparison of Kierkegaard's Christo-Pneumatology and Gadamer's Meta-Critical Hermeneutics 58

3 "Enter Through the Narrow Gate!": On the Content of Christian Preaching 78

4 Two Sermons on the Narrow Gate 112

Bibliography 123

Name Index 127

Subject Index 129

Scripture Index 135

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