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Fri 18 May 2018 @ 15:42
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Based on a decade's experience of preparing ministry students to become preachers and his own experience as one of today's most gifted preachers, Doug Gay offers an imaginative, practical and inspiring guide for all who are privileged with the task of preaching.
40 short, pithy and often humorous reflections consider different aspects of the nature and practice of preaching and aim to fire the imagination, build confidence and develop creativity.
It draws on a wide range of range of writers and theologians on preaching and the creative arts and incorporates voices as diverse as Stanley Hauerwas, Sam Wells and Miles Davis.
Arranged in four parts, What is Preaching?, Learning to Read, Learning to Speak, Living and Preaching it includes topics such as:
* Finding your voice * Naming the presence of God * Knowing your people * Knowing you place and time * Preaching as nourishment * Knotty texts * Wrestling your own blessing from the text * Choosing the best words * Preaching without notes * Preaching from a script * Putting your heart and your head into preaching * Getting out of God's way and more.
DOUG GAY is a Lecturer in Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Glasgow and has taught preaching to ministry students for the past ten years. He is a Church of Scotland minister, has worked as a columnist for the Times, and is author of Remixing the Church (SCM Press) and co-author with Jonny Baker of Alternative Worship (SPCK).
'Doug Gay opens up the art and sacrament of preaching. And he doesn't just open it, he inhabits it. This is a book that deepens the practice of language in public.' -- Padraig O'Tuama
'Doug Gay encourages us to understand the work of preaching as an artful form that is generated out of a life lived in faith, in community and in continuity with the shaping stories of scripture and tradition. In this work, critical thinking engages with creative imagination and never loses sight of brokenness and pain. It makes a strong challenge to those of us who dare to preach.' -- Heather Walton, Professor of Theology and Creative Practice, University of Glasgow
It is very thought-provoking and has some good ideas and different ways of looking at things. The language is a little too academic for my taste.
I have just started to read it and it is helpful even after years of preaching
Oh good grief. Now I've got to say something here too ...