The Collected Sermons of Walter Brueggemann

Author: Walter Brueggemann
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
ISBN: 9780664234454
Release Date: 2011
Genre: Religion

In addition to being one of the world's leading interpreters of the Old Testament, Walter Brueggemann is a skilled and beloved preacher. This collection of sermons demonstrates Brueggemann's fidelity to biblical texts, which come alive with meaning in our contemporary world. Throughout, Brueggemann reflects on his preaching. As Samuel Wells writes in his foreword, "Enjoy this volume from a master exegete, a master theologian, and a master preacher. They really are neat sermons. And they're for you."

Into Your Hands

Author: Walter Brueggemann
Publisher: SCM Press
ISBN: 9780334054139
Release Date: 2015-10-31
Genre: Religion

This set of seven sermons follows the traditional church sequence of “The Seven Last Words of the Cross,” utterances that the gospel narratives place on the lips of Jesus. These utterances are drawn from the several gospel narratives. In the liturgical life of the church, however, the sequence has a significance and staying power of its own quite apart from the gospel narratives in which the utterances are embedded. These sermons take seriously the faith voiced by Jesus in his context of wretched abuse by the Roman Empire. They attempt, moreover, to connect that reality of faith and abuse in our contemporary world of concentrated, ruthless power. The intent of such sermons on Good Friday is to replicate for us in our context what such an interface of faith and abuse must have been like.

A Stranger is Calling

Author: Anton Wessels
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 9781532607981
Release Date: 2017-02-09
Genre: Religion

Abraham, the father of all believers, plays host to three strangers, one of whom is God, and thus sets an example for others to follow. Jews, Christians, and Muslims often treat each other as strangers. Their Holy Books are not the cause of their conflicts and enmity but rather show the way to solve them. They tell a common story of the lifelong journey of the human being to the promised city, the promised land, and the promised world where justice and righteousness reign.

Text Message

Author: Ian Stackhouse
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 9781630871451
Release Date: 2014-03-10
Genre: Religion

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 Hebrews, gender-sensitive preaching, preaching in the theology of Jonathan Edwards, Charles Spurgeon, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and in Eastern Orthodoxy. 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 should appeal to a wide range of readers.

A Theological Introduction to the Book of Psalms

Author: J. Clinton McCann, Jr.
Publisher: Abingdon Press
ISBN: 9781426750076
Release Date: 2011-12-01
Genre: Religion

Taking his point of departure from the newest frontier of research, McCann reads the psalms in the context of their final shape and canonical form. He interprets the psalms as scripture as well as in their character as songs, prayers, and poetry from Israel's history. McCann's intent is to contribute to the church's recovery of the psalms as torah--as instruction, as a guide to prayer, praise of God, and pious living. The explicit connections which McCann draws from the psalms to the New Testament and to Christian faith and life are extensive, making his work suitable for serious study of the psalms in academic and in church settings. An appendix examines the tradition of singing the psalms and offers suggestions for the use of the psalms in worship.

Polyphonie und Einbildungskraft

Author: Walter Brueggemann
Publisher: Peter Lang Gmbh, Internationaler Verlag Der Wissenschaften
ISBN: 3631526385
Release Date: 2004
Genre: Bible

Walter Brueggemann bietet in diesem Band die Konturen seiner viel diskutierten theoretischen und methodologischen Uberlegungen zu einer Neugestaltung der alttestamentlichen Theologie anhand der aktuellen Texte des Alten Testaments. Es kommen mehrere Perspektiven zum Verhaltnis von Gesellschaft und alttestamentlichem Text unter die Lupe. Der Verfasser bemuht sich, in einer exemplarischen Entwicklung von Detailthemen sowohl die theologische Relevanz von Motiven wie Gebet, Gehorsam und Gotteslob, als auch die gefahrlichen und anstossigen Aspekte des prophetischen Verstandnisses vom gottlichen Wort aufzuzeigen. Das Buch ist ein programmatischer Versuch, Theologie als Vergegenwartigung von spezifischen Texten statt als Systembildung anlasslich solcher Texte zu verstehen."

To Liberate and Redeem

Author: Edward Le Roy Long
ISBN: STANFORD:36105012100496
Release Date: 1997
Genre: Religion

To Liberate and Redeem provides an alternative to Stanley Hauerwas's claims about the range of options in Christian ethics today. Long is at least equally attentive to the details of the biblical narrative, and his reflections are supportive of the liberal Protestant tradition. The liberationist perspectives that have either been ignored or dismissed out of hand are here also given a critical but respectful hearing. Emphatically liberal, humane, responsible, and readable. -- Dennis P. McCann, Professor of Religious Studies, DePaul University, ChicagoReading the Bible is a complex and difficult undertaking, says author and senior scholar Edward LeRoy Long in the early pages of this thoughtfully written treatment of an important and timely topic. To Liberate and Redeem probes how present-day moral decisions can be informed by studying the biblical story of persons and groups who wrestled with similar concerns while standing in faithful responsiveness to God. The biblical materials, Long writes, contain many of the same diversities that need to characterize moral reflection as an invitation to be faithful rather than as a demand to be correct.This unfolding drama is characterized by persons or groups who need liberation because they are trapped in oppressive structures and by those once freed who need to faithfully construct communities of redemption. Long takes account of the full biblical narrative -- beginning with the oppression of slavery and the Exodus liberation, in order to look back to the Creation and forward to Christ, Paul, and the early church.

As Though We Were Dreaming

Author: Keith Ruckhaus
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 9781630870478
Release Date: 2013-10-22
Genre: Religion

The Eastern Christian liturgical tradition of Lent has long included the chanting of the Songs of Ascents (Pss 120-134) as entrance songs of not only the special penance service known as the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts, but also of the season of repentance. Ruckhaus' commentary in As Though We Were Dreaming provides theological insight and exegetical breadth to this group of Psalms. Even more so, Ruckhaus drives the reader to engage the Songs of Ascents and participate in the descent and ascent of meaningful and life-changing repentance. The commentary here does more than just compare the struggle of the ancient Jews reflected in the Songs of Ascents with that of the early Christian community and our own experience. Ruckhaus insists on a gutteral connection between the anxiety and hope of reconstituting the people of God after the disaster of the exile and that of the passion of Jesus. The gospel story is already genetically encoded in the story of Israel. The liturgical incorporation of the Songs of Ascents in the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts grounds the Church's participation in the Great Story. We don't borrow the ancient psalms of the Jews' struggle to reconstitute a kingdom of God; we share in that struggle.

Die Briefe an die Galater Epheser und Kolosser

Author: Jürgen Becker
Publisher: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht
ISBN: 3525513402
Release Date: 1998-01
Genre: Religion

Wissenschaftliche Qualitat, verstandliche Darstellungen und gunstiger Preis haben diese Kommentarreihe seit Jahrzehnten zu einem Standardwerk fur Pfarrer, Lehrer, Studenten und kirchliche Mitarbeiter gemacht. Alle Kommentare weisen eine klare formale Gliederung auf: Einleitung, Literaturangaben, exakte Ubersetzung, Analyse und Auslegung der Textabschnitte. Das Werk wird standig erneuert; dem ersten Band der 1997 begonnenen zweiten Neubearbeitung (Wilckens, Joh.) folgt hier bereits der nachste und im Herbst 1998 der ubernachste (Phil., Thess., Philemon). Es lohnt sich also, die neuen Bande und kommende uberarbeitete Neuauflagen zu subskribieren; auch bereits vorliegende Bande konnen dabei einbezogen werden.Jurgen Beckers neugestaltete Auslegung des Galaterbriefes bringt nicht nur seine Kommentierung bei Einzelfragen auf den neuesten Stand der Diskussion, sondern tragt auch der anhaltenden Erorterung zu Briefstil und Rhetorik Rechnung. Dadurch konnen Funktion und Argumentation des Paulus in den einzelnen Briefabschnitten genauer bestimmt werden; die Position des Apostels bekommt ein klares Profil.Ulrich Luz sieht im Kolosserbrief nicht einen nachpaulinischen Brief, sondern den Brief eines Mitarbeiters zu Lebzeiten des Paulus. Dessen Aussagen bringt er in ihrem eigenen Recht zur Geltung, ohne sie sogleich auf die Gegner des Apostels zu beziehen; denn von diesen ist erst in Kapitel 2 die Rede und, genaugenommen, sehr viel weniger zu erfahren, als bisherige Exegeten angenommen haben. Den Epheserbrief sieht Luz nicht als einen dogmatischen Traktat uber die Kirche, sondern als einen Gebetsbrief, der anbetend und lobpreisend Gottes Handeln nachdenkt und dankbar auf das Werk des Apostels Paulus, die Versohnung zwischen Juden und Heiden, zuruckblickt. Die Ethik hat in diesem Brief groaes Gewicht. Mit Gnosis haben beide Briefe nichts zu tun.

Feasting on the Word

Author: David Lyon Bartlett
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
ISBN: 9780664231019
Release Date: 2009-10-01
Genre: Religion

With this new lectionary commentary series, Westminster John Knox offers the most extensive resource for preaching on the market today. When complete, the twelve volumes of the series will cover all the Sundays in the three-year lectionary cycle, along with movable occasions, such as Christmas Day, Epiphany, Holy Week, and All Saints' Day. For each lectionary text, preachers will find four brief essays--one each on the theological, pastoral, exegetical, and homiletical challenges of the text. This gives preachers sixteen different approaches to the proclaimation of the Word on any given occasion. The editors and contributors to this series are world-class scholars, pastors, and writers representing a variety of denominations and traditions. And while the twelve volumes of the series will follow the pattern of the Revised Common Lectionary, each volume will contain an index of biblical passages so that nonlectionary preachers, as well as teachers and students, may make use of its contents.