Preaching From Memory to Hope
In this compelling and hard-hitting book, respected preacher and writer Tom Long identifies and responds to what he sees as the most substantive theological forces and challenges facing preaching today. The issues, he says, are fourfold: the decline in...
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In this compelling and hard-hitting book, respected preacher and writer Tom Long identifies and responds to what he sees as the most substantive theological forces and challenges facing preaching today. The issues, he says, are fourfold:
the decline in the quality of narrative preaching and the need for its reinvigoration ;
the tendency of preacher to ignore God's action and presence in our midst;
the return of the church's old nemesis, gnosticism-albeit in a milder form-evidenced in today's new 'spirituality';
the absence of eschatology in the pulpit.
^^Long once again has his finger on the pulse of American preaching, demonstrated by his creative responses to these challenges. Whether he is calling for theologically smarter and more ethically discerning preaching, providing a method of interpretation that will allow pastors to recover the emphasis on God in our midst, or encouraging an 'interfaith dialogue; with gnosticism, he demonstrates why he has long been considered one of the most thoughtful and intelligent preachers in America today.
Dr. Thomas G. Long (Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary) is Bandy Professor of Preaching at Candler School of Theology, Emory University.
Dr. Long's research interests are homiletical theory and biblical hermeneutics and preaching. He also is doing research on the theology and practice of Christian funerals.
His publications include The Witness of Preaching, Second Edition (Westminster John Knox 2005); Testimony: Talking Ourselves into Being Christian (Jossey Bass 2004); Beyond the Worship Wars: Building Vital and Faithful Worship (Alban Institute 2001); Hebrews (Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching) (Westminster John Knox 1997) and Matthew (Westminster Bible Companion Series) (Westminster John Knox 1997).
Koorong -Editorial Review.