Preaching in an Age of Globalization

Preaching in an Age of Globalization

by Eunjoo Mary Kim


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There are many books on the market that address how culture, race, gender, or economic status affect the way preachers preach and congregations hear sermons. This is the first book to address preaching that promotes solidarity across these differences. Preaching needs to be targeted to specific contexts. But how can a preacher handle specific contexts when we live in a globalized world? What does local context mean and who defines it? Kim develops the concept of "trans-contextual preaching" to show how preachers can respect diversity and global connections. She develops a new theology of preaching, examines the modes of biblical interpretation appropriate for trans-contextual preaching, and explores designs for sermons. Sample sermons from the author provide excellent illustrations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780664233693
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
Publication date: 04/19/2010
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Eunjoo Mary Kim is associate professorof homiletics at IliffSchool of Theology,Denver, Colorado.

Table of Contents

Foreword John S. McClure vii

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction xi


1 Contextual Approaches to Preaching 3

Preaching as Local Theology and Folk Art 4

Preaching as Cross-Cultural Strategies 10

Toward a New Paradigm: Transcontextual Preaching 15

2 Globalization and the Context for Preaching 19

Context as the Locus of God's Revelation 20

Dimensions of Globalization 25

The Context: A Web of Interconnectedness 41

3 Humanization and Transcontextual Preaching 43

A Theology of Humanization 44

Preaching toward Humanization 54

Conclusion 64

4 Transcontextual Hermeneutics 65

Text and Context as Others 66

Methods of Reading Others 68

Transcontextual Hermeneutics as a Political Act 80

5 Negotiating Diversity: The Rhetoric of Appeals 87

The Rhetorical Mode of Appeals 89

The Aesthetic Dimension of Preaching 93

Strategies for the Rhetoric of Appeals 98

Toward the Beauty of a Kaleidoscope 104


Remembering the Gift of God: Ephesians 2:11–22 113

The Gift of Bread: Exodus 16:1–3, 11–21; Matthew 14:13–21 121

Surprise, Surprise, Within and Beyond the Church: Genesis 11:1-9; Romans 12:1–8 131

Dear Mary and Elizabeth: Luke 1:39–56 141

Notes 149

Index 165

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