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David Fleer is professor of religion and communication and special assistant to the president of Lipscomb University in Nashville. . During the last calendar year he preached for churches in 30 different communities and he regularly presents at conferences, seminars, and lectureships in the Churches of Christ.

Dave Bland is professor of preaching at Harding University Graduate School of Religion in Memphis, Tennessee where he has taught for sixteen years and where he directs the Doctor of Ministry program. Dave complements his teaching activity with preaching responsibilities at the Church of Christ at White Station in Memphis where he has served as one of the preaching ministers for the past twelve years.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Chalice Press (January 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0827229860
  • ISBN-13: 978-0827229860
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. McDonald on September 1, 2006
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The authors have brought together an impressive list of homileticians and preachers to answer the question "How can we draw our congregations into the world that Mark has imagined for us in his gospel?" At the heart of this book is the homiletic work of Fred Craddock, addressing issues of whether the sermon says and does what the biblical text says and does and what qualities can enrich the sermon's form. Using concrete images and examples, this book combines the best of Markan scholarship (Morna Hooker) with the best of homiletic theory (Fred Craddock and Richard Ward) with the skill of preachers who connect the biblical text of Mark to the specific task of preaching.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeanne Lynn on October 20, 2011
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When defining a "sermon," preachers, congregations and biblical scholars all seem to underscore different aspects. The audience, text, or the preacher each finds emphasis from different quarters - so is the stated premise of this book. This book sought to take the Markan text and reveal its different aspects that could provide a workable resource for preaching the Messiah the Gospel of Mark proclaims. To do this, the book incorporated the great preacher Fred Craddock and his homiletically generated insights, Morna Hooker's biblical studies, the theological work of Frederick Aquino, the cultural perspective of John Barton and the performance studies of Richard Ward. The book's second half provided sample sermons from specific texts incorporating differing aspects based on the theoretical underpinnings of the book's first section. No surprise, most of the sermons somehow incorporated Morna's theological insights. This book will be a welcome addition to anyone looking for different aspects of preaching Mark - especially for those who already enjoy Morna's outstanding biblical scholarship.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Blair on October 27, 2013
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Reading through this book for a preaching class with Fleer as a teacher, it is wonderful. I highly recommend it.
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