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Preaching from the Soul

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Careful biblical interpretation; insights into contemporary life; polished delivery; humorous anecdotes; these are the building blocks of preaching that genuinely reach people. Right? Wrong, says Ellsworth Kalas. We have all encountered preachers who seem to know all the fine points of exegesis and inflection, yet whose sermons leave us surprisingly unmoved, aware that we were in the presence of good speaking, but not great preaching.

The difference, Kalas reminds us, lies in ...

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Preaching from the Soul: Insistent Observations on the Sacred Art

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Overview

Careful biblical interpretation; insights into contemporary life; polished delivery; humorous anecdotes; these are the building blocks of preaching that genuinely reach people. Right? Wrong, says Ellsworth Kalas. We have all encountered preachers who seem to know all the fine points of exegesis and inflection, yet whose sermons leave us surprisingly unmoved, aware that we were in the presence of good speaking, but not great preaching.

The difference, Kalas reminds us, lies in that hard-to-describe, yet essential quality known as soul. Soul is the collection of those perspectives and convictions that matter most to the preacher. Soul preaching means offering one's particular ideas, attitudes, and convictions fully to the congregation. When one preaches with soul, one engages the biblical text with the core of one's values and beliefs. Soul preaching is, in other words, simply giving the whole self to the task of proclamation. While the concept may sound simple, the reality is anything but.

In the clear, insightful style for which he is known, Kalas takes readers on a path of discovery, introducing them to the unique gifts that they can bring to preaching, and the best way to engage those gifts in preparing and delivering the sermon.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780687066308
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2003
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,038,079
  • Product dimensions: 5.39 (w) x 8.77 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

J. Ellsworth Kalas has been part of the faculty of Asbury Theological Seminary since 1993, after thirty-eight years as a United Methodist pastor and five years in evangelism with the World Methodist Council. He has been a presenter on DISCIPLE videos and is the author of more than thirty books, including the popular Back Side series as well as the Christian Believer study.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 9
Ch. 1 Take the Bible Seriously 19
Ch. 2 The Sacred Triangle 27
Ch. 3 Where Four Ways Meet 35
Ch. 4 If You Don't Have a Name, How Do You Know Who You Are? 43
Ch. 5 Knowing Where You're Going - And Taking Someone with You 51
Ch. 6 The Preacher as Debater, Storyteller, and Teacher 65
Ch. 7 The Dotted Line 85
Ch. 8 Don't Strip-Mine a Text 95
Ch. 9 Wood, Hay, Stubble, and Precious Stones 101
Ch. 10 Always Tangibilitate 115
Ch. 11 The Preacher as Renaissance Person 123
Ch. 12 With All That Is in Me 129
Ch. 13 The Importance of Being Imperfect 141
Ch. 14 You Can't Win Them All 147
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