By O.C. Edwards
Bringing jointly a powerful array of widespread and lesser-known figures, Edwards paints a close, compelling photograph of what it has intended to evangelise the gospel. Pastors, students, and scholars of homiletics will locate right here many possibilities to complement their figuring out and perform of preaching.
Volume 1 comprises Edwards's magisterial retelling of the tale of Christian preaching's improvement from its Hellenistic and Jewish roots within the New testomony, during the late-twentieth century's discontent with superseded types and emphasis on new modes of preaching similar to narrative. alongside the way in which the writer introduces us to the complexities and contributions of preachers, either with whom we're already familiar, and to whom we are going to be brought right here for the 1st time. Origen, Chrysostom, Augustine, Bernard, Aquinas, Luther, Calvin, Wesley, Edwards, Rauschenbusch, Barth; all in their certain contributions obtain cautious realization. but lesser-known figures and advancements additionally seem, from the ninth-century reform of preaching championed by means of Hrabanus Maurus, to the reference books built within the 13th and fourteenth centuries by way of the mendicant orders to help their contributors' preaching, to Howell Harris and Daniel Rowlands, preachers of the eighteenth-century Welsh revival, to Helen Kenyon, conversing as a layperson on the 1950 Yale Beecher lectures in regards to the view of preaching from the pew.
Volume 2, to be had individually as 9781501833786, comprises basic resource fabric on preaching drawn from the whole scope of the church's twenty centuries. the writer has written an advent to every choice, putting it in its historic context and pointing to its specific contribution. each one bankruptcy in quantity 2 is geared to its better half bankruptcy in quantity 1's narrative historical past.
Ecumenical in scope, fair-minded in presentation, appreciative of the contributions that every one the branches of the church have made to the tale of what it capacity to enhance, bring, and hear a sermon, A heritage of Preaching could be the definitive source for someone who needs to evangelise or to appreciate preaching's function in dwelling out the gospel.
"...'This paintings is anticipated to be the traditional textual content on preaching for the following 30 years,' says Ann ok. Riggs, who staffs the NCC's religion and Order fee. writer Edwards, former professor of preaching at Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, is co-moderator of the fee, which stories church-uniting and church-dividing concerns.
'A historical past of Preaching is ecumenical in scope and should be suitable in all our church buildings; all of us perform this field,' says Riggs...." from EcuLink, quantity sixty five, iciness 2004-2005 released through the nationwide Council of Churches
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