This volume, which launches the Engaging Worship series from Fuller Theological Seminary's Brehm Center for Worship, Theology, and the Arts, offers a unique study of sermon delivery. While many books offer advice on how to prepare, write, and preach a sermon, this volume is distinctive in approaching the subject from the perspective of performance. The authors, who teach at a variety of seminaries and divinity schools across the nation, examine how the sermon can bring God's word to life for the congregation. In that sense, they consider the idea of performance from a wide range of theological, artistic, and musical viewpoints. These thoughtful essays will engage clergy and students with new ways of looking at the art of preaching.
Jana Childers (PhD, Graduate Theological Union) is the dean of the seminary and professor of homiletics and speech communication at San Francisco Theological Seminary. She is the author of Performing the Word: Preaching as Theatre. Clayton J. Schmit (PhD, Graduate Theological Union) is the academic director of the Brehm Center for Worship, Theology, and the Arts and the Arthur DeKruyter/Christ Church Oak Brook Professor of Preaching at Fuller Theological Seminary. He is the author of Too Deep for Words: A Theology of Liturgical Expression.
Contents Introduction (Jana Childers and Clayton J. Schmit ) 1. The Truth and Truthfulness: Theological Reflections on Preaching and Performance (Marguerite Shuster) 2. Preaching, Performance, and the Life and Death of "Now" (Paul Scott Wilson) 3. At the Intersection of Actio Divina and Homo Performans: Embodiment and Evocation (Alyce M. McKenzie) 4. Performative Language and the Limits of Performance in Preaching (John M. Rottman) 5. Reversal of Fortune: The Performance of a Prophet (Mary Donovan Turner) 6. Performance and the New Testament in Preaching (Ronald J. Allen) 7. The Use of the Body in the Performance of Proclamation (Todd Farley) 8. Finding Voice in the Theological School (Richard F. Ward) 9. The Preacher's Creative Process: Reaching the Well (Jana Childers) 10. What Comes Next? Performing Music and Proclaiming the Word (Clayton J. Schmit) 11. The Musicality of Black Preaching: Performing the Word (William C. Turner Jr.) 12. Performance Study in Service to the Spoken Word in Worship (Charles L. Bartow) Index