Preaching as Prophetic Calling
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"Preaching as Prophetic Calling is the twelfth in a series of books devoted to presenting examples of preaching excellence from parishes throughout the Episcopal Church. This volume addresses the difficult and essential area of preaching a prophetic word. What does a prophetic sermon look like without being shrill, and without being filled with "musts," "oughts," and "shoulds" ? This collection of sermons includes examples of prophetic preaching that are visionary and that speak in ways that offer radical comfort as well as radical challenge.
Alling is president of Episcopal Evangelism. He is serving as priest associate at parishes in Central Pennsylvania and Southwest Florida.
David J. Schlafer is an Episcopal priest who has taught philosophy, theology, and homiletics at a number of seminaries in different denominational traditions. He currently focuses professional energy as a conference leader and preaching consultant across the United States and in England. Author and editor of eighteen books, he contributes regularly to professional journals in homiletics.
- Introduction: The Range Of Riches In "prophetic" Preaching. 1. Focusing Specific Issues Of Prophetic Concern (community Services, Literacy, Prison Ministry, Hospice Care, Recycling, Poverty, Capital Punishment, Child Abuse, Aids, Terrorism, Etc.). 2. Framing Spacious Visions Of Prophetic Ministry (describing Dimensions Of Prophetic Speech, Uplifting Elements In Prophetic Leadership, Affirming The Corporate Nature Of Prophetic Witness, Providing Fresh Reminders Of Uncomfortable Truths, Offering Unsettling Insights Into Familiar Texts, Reorienting The Faith Community Toward Resurrection Life). 3. Preaching Paul Prophetically. Epilogue: Jesus The Prophet.