Preacher, Can You Hear Us Listening?
Foreword by Eugene H. PetersonEveryone knows that pulpits are for preaching and pews are for listening to sermons. This obvious scenario, however, masks an essential prerequisite for faithful, fruitful preaching -- namely, that preachers listen to God and to their...
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Foreword by Eugene H. PetersonEveryone knows that pulpits are for preaching and pews are for listening to sermons. This obvious scenario, however, masks an essential prerequisite for faithful, fruitful preaching -- namely, that preachers listen to God and to their people before they speak. Roger Van Harn here puts forth pointed questions that sermon listeners really ask of preachers: Why should we listen to sermons? Does every sermon need a Bible text? How can a sermon be the word of God? Do you preach for the church or the world? Van Harn grapples with and discusses such questions, giving preachers fresh insights into the needs and desires of congregations. "Preacher, Can You Hear Us Listening? will foster an ongoing dialogue between pulpit and pew and sharpen listening skills in both directions.
Van Harn is retired from the pastorate at Grace Christian Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Dr. Eugene H. Peterson is a pastor, scholar, author, and poet. He has written nearly thirty influential books including, Praying with the Psalms; Praying with Jesus; Reversed Thunder; Leap Over a Wall; Run with the Horses and Answering God , but he is best known for The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language a contemporary paraphrase of the Bible.
Eugene Peterson was educated at Seattle Pacific University, New York Theological Seminary, and Johns Hopkins University, and in 1962, Peterson became founding pastor of Christ Our King Presbyterian Church in Bel Air, Maryland, where he served for 29 years before retiring. He is Professor Emeritus of Spiritual Theology at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia retiring in 2002.
His most recent publications have been the Spiritual Theology Series including Eat this Book; Christ Dances in a Thousand Places; The Word Made Flesh; The Jesus Way and the fifth volume Practising Resurrection.
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