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Peculiar Speech: Preaching to the Baptized Paperback – April 1, 1992
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Willimon says the purpose of Peculiar Speech is to "look at preaching through baptism"  and to "explore what it means to preach among the baptized."  For him, the issue at hand is, "What difference does it make to our preaching that all of us there are preparing for baptism or else trying to figure out what happened when we were baptized?"  Willimon wants to know, "Do we really appreciate the baptismal, liturgical quality of our speech?" 
Willimon provides important insights on different kinds of speech and their respective communities. He notes that when the church labels people according to Freudian psychology, e.g., "homosexuals," it is adopting the speech of an alien community . To him, the diversity fad is society's way of putting a "happy face" on cultural fragmentation . Linguistic accommodation focuses on method rather than content . "To categorize preaching as distinctive baptismal speech is to part company with [the] advocates . . . of accommodation . . . ."  Willimon sees the search for a universal speech that will relativize group differences as hopeless . Christians come into existence via a story that is not universal . Christian communicators needlessly struggle with the false dilemma of either (1) accommodation or (2) irrelevance . To Willimon, the real choice is not to make preaching relevant to the congregation, but to make the church relevant to baptismal speech. In speaking of the historical importance of distinctive speech, Willimon says, " . . . if . .Read more ›