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Speaking the Truth: Preaching in a Diverse Culture

Speaking the Truth: Preaching in a Diverse Culture
`Truth' is a difficult subject in a pluralistic culture, and `the truth' is even more challenging. Yet the preacher's call is to be a speaker of truth - the truth of God in Jesus Christ. Samuel Wells has learned that speaking the truth means telling the Christian story alongside the contemporary secular story.
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ISBN/EAN: 9781786221230
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Publisher: Canterbury Press Norwich
Author: Samuel Wells
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Wells begins with an introduction in which he explains that this book resulted from an invitation to become Dean of Duke University Chapel and Research Professor of Christian Ethics at Duke Divinity School, North Carolina. This was a surprise, as he is English and was an Anglican vicar in the UK. Wells considers how the truth about God, faith, the Bible, discipleship, resurrection, salvation, politics and truth itself can be spoken faithfully, how preachers can make it heard, and how words and ideas may be transformed into actions and relationships. He begins (after the Introduction) with a Prologue on speaking the truth about preaching, in which he describes four stages in the life of a sermon. He calls these preparing; writing and revising; and delivering. The book itself is in two parts: Part 1 is on Speaking the Truth; Part 2 is on Speaking the Truth in Context. Part 1 has eight chapters, on Speaking the Truth about God / about Faith / about the Bible / about Discipleship / about Resurrection / about Salvation / Politics/ and about Truth. Part 2 has two chapters: Speaking the Truth in America, and Speaking the Truth about a University. It means helping your hearers perceive both the harmonies and the dissonance between the two. It means inviting them, with both conviction and humility, to decide how their own story is going to be shaped by this truth. In this volume, he reflects on the practice of speaking about God, faith, the Bible, discipleship, resurrection, salvation, politics and truth, and on preaching that resonates in particular contexts. It is a book to encourage and give confidence to all preachers, and preachers in training.
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