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Testimony: Talking Ourselves into Being Christian / Edition 1
     

Testimony: Talking Ourselves into Being Christian / Edition 1

by Thomas G. Long
 

ISBN-10: 0787968323

ISBN-13: 9780787968328

Pub. Date: 07/23/2004

Publisher: Wiley

From the time we wake up in the morning until we turn out the lights at night, we are talking. We talk into cell phones, across the office, and over meals. We talk to ourselves, to friends, to strangers, to those we love, and sometimes, whether we know it or not, even to God. Talk can be cheap, but talk can also be holy.

In this groundbreaking book, Thomas G.

Overview

From the time we wake up in the morning until we turn out the lights at night, we are talking. We talk into cell phones, across the office, and over meals. We talk to ourselves, to friends, to strangers, to those we love, and sometimes, whether we know it or not, even to God. Talk can be cheap, but talk can also be holy.

In this groundbreaking book, Thomas G. Long–a theologian and respected authority on preaching–explores how Christians talk when they are not in church. Testimony breaks the stained-glass image of religious language to show how ordinary talking in our everyday lives–talk across the backyard fence, talk with our kids, talk about politics and the events of the day–can be sacred speech. In a world of spin, slick marketing, mindless chatter, and easy deceptions, Testimony shows that the hunger for truthful, meaningful, and compassionate speech is ultimately grounded in truth about God.

Testimony takes on new territory in the examination of the way language shapes the experience, practice, and communal life of Christians. Using biblical sources as well as contemporary stories and compelling anecdotes, Long demystifies the often narrow understanding of Christian testimony as "churchy talk" reserved only for preachers and evangelists.

As Long explains, because Christianity is not merely doctrines or ideas but a whole way of living in the world, Christians are always "talking themselves into being Christian." When Christians honestly, passionately, and courageously tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, this way of speaking strengthens faith, deepens participation in the life of God, and, in fact, becomes a form of prayer.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780787968328
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
07/23/2004
Series:
Practices of Faith Series , #12
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.39(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Editor's Forewordxi
Acknowledgmentsxv
Part 1The Hunger for Authentic God Talk1
Chapter 1Talking Ourselves into Being Christian3
Chapter 2Can I Get a Witness?21
Chapter 3Sunday Words39
Part 2Talking Through the Day67
Chapter 4First Light69
Chapter 5Walking the Walk, Talking the Talk89
Chapter 6Conversation over Lunch109
Chapter 7The Six O'Clock News129
Chapter 8Whispered Secrets and Bedtime Prayers143
Epilogue: A Last Word157
Notes159
The Author167
Index169

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