Telling God's Story
"The church should be worried about this book. It comes as an invitation to rethink the task of preaching, but three pages into it you'll realize that Wright is not giving us another 'how-to' book for adding to the plethora...
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"The church should be worried about this book. It comes as an invitation to rethink the task of preaching, but three pages into it you'll realize that Wright is not giving us another 'how-to' book for adding to the plethora of 'messages' delivered every Sunday. No, this little book is packed with minor-prophet-like punch, arguing that preaching is the practice by which the North American church has fallen, but also gives us a glimpse of how preaching could help it stand. Providing a brilliant historical and theological diagnosis of the problem with so-called biblically based, need-centered preaching (whether liberal or conservative),Telling God's Storywinsomely sketches what authentic 'biblical' preaching looks like: not conscripting the Bible to legitimate the cultural narratives of consumerist individualism or triumphant nationalism, but rather finding ourselves in the biblical story as an alternative to both. If the church is properly said to be a polis, then this book unpacks the 'politics' of homiletics. It should be required reading in seminaries across North America. And we could hope that pastors already immersed in ministry would be willing to risk reading this book. But be forewarned: it will radically change your understanding of your charge to 'preach the gospel.'"
John W. Wright (Ph.D., University of Notre Dame) is Professor of Theology and Christian Scripture at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, California. He is the author of Telling God's Story, Conflicting Allegiances: The Church-Based University in a Liberal Democratic Society and And Then There Was One: A Search for the True Disciple in the Gospel of Mark. He is a coeditor of Priests, Prophets and Scribes: Essays on the Formation and Heritage of Second Temple Judaism in Honor of Joseph Blenkinsopp.
- 1. Homiletics As Biblical Hermeneutics
- 2. Eclipsing The Biblical Narrative: The Narrative Contours Of North American Christianity
- 3. Weaving The Story: The Biblical Narrative And A Homiletic Rhetoric Of Turning
- 4. Weaving The Story: Sermonic Exhibits
- 5. Weaving The Story And The Rhetoric Of Pastoral Care