Honest to God Preaching: Talking Sin, Suffering, and Violence

Honest to God Preaching: Talking Sin, Suffering, and Violence

by Brent A. Strawn
Honest to God Preaching: Talking Sin, Suffering, and Violence

Honest to God Preaching: Talking Sin, Suffering, and Violence

by Brent A. Strawn

Paperback

$19.99
Choose Expedited Shipping at checkout for delivery by Tuesday, December 13

Overview

Old Testament scholar and interpreter Brent A. Strawn focuses on the importance of honesty in preaching, especially around three challenging Old Testament themes: sin, suffering, and violence. He makes the case that preaching honestly is critical in the church today. Without honesty regarding these topics, there is no way forward to reconciliation, health, and recovery. Further, it is imperative for today's preachers to deal with the questions of faith arising from these themes in the biblical text itself. In addition to key scripture passages, he turns to several contemporary authors and works as dialogue partners on the three themes.

Asserting that keeping secrets can lead to a kind of sickness, Strawn uses texts from the Pentateuch and the Psalms to model honesty about sin, without which there can be no reconciliation, and honesty about suffering, without which there can be no healing. He also looks at the book of Joshua and various psalms to model honesty about violence, which can serve as a way to contain, limit, and ultimately transcend violence.

Strawn frames these themes specifically for working preachers, so they can create sermons that speak to these thorny themes with depth and clarity.



Related collections and offers

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781506461267
Publisher: 1517 Media
Publication date: 12/07/2021
Series: Working Preacher , #7
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Brent A. Strawn is professor of Old Testament and professor of law at Duke Divinity School. His is the author of over 200 articles and has edited or coedited over twenty volumes. He has also authored four books, including The Old Testament Is Dying: A Diagnosis and Recommended Treatment (2017) and The Old Testament: A Concise Introduction (2019).

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Chapter 1 Only as Sick as Our Secrets 1

Chapter 2 Honest about Sin 29

Chapter 3 Honest about Suffering 59

Chapter 4 Honest about Violence 99

Chapter 5 The Importance of Being Earnest-or, Rather, of Preaching Honestly 139

Notes 181

Author Index 217

Scripture Index 223

Customer Reviews