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The God of the Dangerous Sermon

The God of the Dangerous Sermon

by Frank A. Thomas

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Learn to engage with a dangerous God, to preach the sermons your community needs today.
Every sermon has a theology, and a god of that theology behind it. Preaching is more effective, and has more integrity when preachers understand the god behind their theology. Specifically, whether the god is a universal God, like the one expressed by Christ and the Christian faith, or a tribal god, which is sometimes dressed up to resemble Christianity but is something else entirely.
Frank A. Thomas culminates his exploration of the Dangerous Sermon with this book, which leads readers through the process of identifying and understanding the gods behind theology, and their connection to preaching. The reader is equipped to discern the metaphors, symbols, and rhetorical indicators which point to the god a preacher is serving and calling others to serve.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781791020231
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Publication date: 10/19/2021
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Frank A. Thomas, PhD, serves as the Director of the PhD Program in African American Preaching and Sacred Rhetoric and the Nettie Sweeney and Hugh Th. Miller Professor of Homiletics at Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis, Indiana. Thomas is the author of How to Preach a Dangerous Sermon and Introduction to the Practice of African American Preaching, released by Abingdon Press respectively, February, 2018 and November 2016.

Table of Contents

Foreword Will Willimon ix

Introduction 1

Section 1 Homiletical Theory: Conversation Partners with Rhetorical Theology

1 A Theological and Rhetorical Homiletic 21

2 Black Sacred Rhetoric 35

3 Why Have Some So Much and Others So Little? 53

Section 2 Close Readings of a Universal and Tribal God

4 Abraham Lincoln's Moral Imagination: Slavery, Race, and Religion in the Second Inaugural Address 79

5 White Christian Nationalism, Whiteness, and the Rhetorical Construction of Tribal Gods 103

Section 3 The God of the Dangerous Sermon

6 The God of the Dangerous Sermon 129

Epilogue 153

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