The Living Word: A Theological Study of Preaching and the Church

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  • ISBN-13: 9781579109424
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/1/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 224

Meet the Author

Gustaf Wingren (1910-2000) was Professor of Systematic Theology at Lund from 1951-1977. His other books include 'Luther on Vocation' and 'Creation and Law'.

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Table of Contents

Preface 9
Publisher's Note 11
I The Word and Men 13
1 The Word is to be preached, and men are to listen 13
2 Theology's recovery of the Biblical proclamation 16
3 The purpose of this book in the theological task 20
II The Escape from False Dilemmas 25
1 The congregation is in the Bible 25
2 Christ's conquest is for the congregation 27
3 'Edification' builds up the congregation in Christ 32
III The Bible as Message 37
1 The Bible's unity is found when it is preached 37
2 The Bible's theme is the conflict of God and the Devil 42
3 The Bible's realism 46
IV Christ the Lord of the Scriptures 50
1 The Scriptures proclaim a conflict and a victory 50
2 The Old and New Testaments are thus united 55
3 The death and the resurrection are inseparable 58
V The Bible and Preaching 61
1 The centrality of preaching in the history of the world 61
2 The centrality of preaching in the Gospels 65
3 The Bible itself overflows into preaching 69
VI Conquered Man 72
1 The creation of man by the Word 72
2 The image of God restored by the picture of Christ 75
3 Preaching's conflict with sin, death and guilt 80
VII Creation and Redemption 85
1 Redemption: a critique of Pietism 85
2 Creation: a critique of Barthianism 89
3 The task of the preacher is to do battle 94
VIII The Ministry of Reconciliation 96
1 The commission of the ministry 96
2 The authority of the ministry 99
3 The priest and the congregation 104
IX The Word and Faith 108
1 Christ and I are present in the Word 108
2 God and man are active in the Word 111
3 Faith in the Word is true human life 114
X Death and Resurrection 119
1 Preaching must answer: did Christ rise? 119
2 The nature of preaching's answer 124
3 The significance of Christ's resurrection for our faith 129
4 Preaching the resurrection to the twentieth century 133
XI The Law and the Gospel 137
1 'Law and grace' is 'death and resurrection' 137
2 The law and secular authority in Luther and today 141
3 Luther's doctrine of man under the law 143
Excursus: Emphasis on the outward in the New Testament and in Luther's thought 147
XII Baptism and the Lord's Supper 150
1 The place of baptism in the Gospel 150
2 The Lord's Supper: 'the real presence is heard' 154
3 Word and sacraments in the Church 156
4 Word and sacraments in human life 157
XIII The Downfall of Satan 164
1 Conflict with Satan is vital to preaching 164
2 Preaching is the restoration of nature 166
3 The forgiveness of sins and the resurrection of the dead 170
XIV The Communion of Saints 176
1 Christian fellowship is natural fellowship 176
2 The Christian mission involves an open Church 180
3 The boundaries of the Church cannot be determined 185
XV God Speaks--Man Listens 191
1 The Christian week and the Christian year 191
2 Preaching's exposition of the Christian year 195
3 Divisions of the text and of the congregation 199
4 Preaching's exposition of the Bible 202
XVI The Divine and the Human 204
1 Luther's understanding of the communicatio idiomatum 204
2 The communicatio idiomatum in the Word 207
3 The necessary humanity of preaching and the Church 209
4 Our need of a theology of the Word 214
Index of names and subjects 217
Index of Biblical references 219
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