Preaching has fallen on hard times with many questioning its relevance and even its validity as a New Testament practice. This symposium of specially commissioned essays draws together an international team of thirteen scholars and pastors to address the importance of textual preaching in the history and life of the early church, the historic church, and the contemporary church. Contributions include essays on Old Testament preaching; preaching in Eastern Orthodoxy; gender-sensitive preaching; and preaching in the theology of Jonathan Edwards, Charles Spurgeon and Dietrich Bonhoeffer. It also includes essays on a range of homiletical challenges that textual preaching raises for the contemporary preacher, including genre, preaching without notes, inhabiting the text, and preaching without platitudes. A final reflection by Dave Hansen on the state of textual preaching rounds out the collection. The preaching of the gospel stands at the heart of Christian praxis. These essays make a vital contribution to the recovery of the importance of preaching, focused on the text of Scripture.
Written with an eye to the pastor and practitioner as well as those in the pews and in the classroom, this is a book that is appealing to a wide range of readers.
Ian Stackhouse is Senior Pastor of Guildford Baptist Church, Surrey, and the author of several books and articles, including The Day Is Yours and Primitive Piety. Oliver D. Crisp is Professor of Systematic Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. He is the author or editor of fourteen books, including Revisioning Christology and Jonathan Edwards on God and Creation.
Foreword by Thomas Long Acknowledgements List of Contributors Introduction - Ian Stackhouse Part One: Biblical and Theological 1 Hebrews as a Model for Expository Pastoral Preaching - Philip Greenslade 2 Christ the Sermon: The Importance of the Text in Bonhoeffer's Lectures on Preaching - Ian Stackhouse 3 Prophetic Preaching from Old Testament Narrative Texts - Steven D. Matthewson 4 Preaching The Darkest Psalm (Psalm 88) - David M. Howard, Jnr. 5 G ender Sensitive Preaching: Reading as a Woman - Emma Ineson Part Two: Historical 6 Jonathan Edwards on Preaching - Oliver D. Crisp 7 The Bible for The Masses: The Popular Preaching of C.H. Spurgeon - Peter Morden 8 Homiletics, and Biblical Fidelity: An Ecclesial Approach to Orthodox Preaching - Andrew Walker Part Three: Textual 9 Living With The Text - Ian Stackhouse 10 Defamiliarisation: Purging our Preaching of Platitudes - Karen Case-Green 11 Preaching without Notes - Robert May 12 G enre Sensitive Preaching - David Ridder 13 From Text to Message: The Text Living in the Preacher - John Woods Coda 14 Every Sermon Fights a Battle - David Hansen Bibliography