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How can a person preach a word of hope and faith in a world filled with violence and suffering? Christine Smith says one must encounter and name the evil that oppresses persons in the world--evils such as handicapism, ageism, sexism, heterosexism, white racism, and classism. She argues preaching is an interpretation of our present world and an invitation to a profoundly different world. It is a form of passionate weeping in a universe filled with suffering and oppression; a form of confession where preachers can shape sermons to call our communities to honest reflection; and it is a form of resistance, moving people to actively resist the attitudes and structures of oppression.
How can a person preach a word of hope and faith in a world filled with violence and suffering? Smith says that one must encounter and name the radical evil that oppresses persons in the world. She believes preaching is an interpretation of our present world and an invitation to a profoundly different world.
|Introduction: Preaching as a Theological Act||1|
|1||Revelation Confronts Denial - Handicappism||15|
|2||Embodiment Challenges Marginalization - Ageism||38|
|3||Breaking Silence Exposes Misogyny - Sexism||62|
|4||Grace Transforms Condemnation - Heterosexism||87|
|5||Conversion Uproots Supremacy - White Racism||110|
|6||Crosses Reveal Privilege - Classism||135|
|7||Sermons as Weeping, Confession, and Resistance||163|