Viva Vox: Rediscovering the Sacramentality of the Word through the Annunciation

Viva Vox: Rediscovering the Sacramentality of the Word through the Annunciation

by Joshua Genig (Editor)


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In failing to take the sacramentality of the word of God seriously, the preaching of the church has suffered negative consequences. As a result, preaching is often, at best, a form of instruction; at worst, it is an incantation of sorts rather than an integral part of deepening our relationship with Christ by functioning sacramentally to bring about divine participation with Jesus corporeal humanity in his living word. To recover this sacramental reality, this volume argues that one should consider the annunciation to Mary where, with the sermon of Gabriel, the corporeal Christ took up residence in the flesh of his hearer and delivered to her precisely what was contained within his own flesh: the fullness of the Godhead (Col. 2:9). When understood as a biblical paradigm for the church, it becomes clear that what happened to Mary can, indeed, happen to Christians of the present day. Proclamation, thus, delivers the Christ to us.

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ISBN-13: 9781451477924
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date: 03/01/2015
Series: Emerging Scholars
Pages: 242
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Joshua D. Genig completed a doctorate in systematic theology at the University of St. Andrews. He is assistant professor of historical theology and director of master"s programs (lay ministry) at SS. Cyril & Methodius Seminary in Orchard Lake, Michigan, as well as former pastor of the Lutheran Church of the Ascension and St. John Lutheran Church. Viva Vox is based on a dissertation written in systematic theology under the direction of David W. Brown.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Preface xiii

Abbreviations xix

1 Defining the Terms 1

2 The Lutheran Church?Missouri Synod's Calvinistic Theology of the Word and Preaching 59

3 The Word as Viva Vox 79

4 Adaptability: A Marian Example of a Christological Reality 107

5 Tangibility: Mary's Joyful Receptivity of the Angel's Sacramental Sermon 137

6 Adaptability and Tangibility: Sacramental Preaching and Hearing Today 177

7 Contemporary Approaches to Preaching 187

Conclusion 213

Bibliography 217

Index 237

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