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Thinking Theologically: The Preacher As Theologian (Elements of Preaching) Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-0800662325 ISBN-10: 0800662326

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Fortress Press (January 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800662326
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800662325
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #892,829 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ronald J. Allen is the Nettie Sweeney and Hugh Th. Miller Professor of Preaching and New Testament at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis.

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The entire "Elements of Preaching" series was recommended by my Pastor so I started with book "Thinking Thologically: The Preacher As Theologian". I enjoyed the comparisons and detailed background to help the reader fully understand the content. I completed this read with new knowledge.
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I assume I will need to read this book several times to grasp the many different ideas presented here. It is a short book that can be read in a few hours, but I am from the Caribbean and it was a little hard to relate.
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By Roy A. Tracy on May 5, 2012
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Thinking Theologically fills an important niche in homiletic literature by providing an overview of some of the major theological trends informing preaching today. Probably the nearest antecedent work is McKim's The Bible in Theology and Preaching. But McKim's volume is showing its age. Thinking Theologically includes some of the movements that have come about in the last twenty some-odd years that are either having an impact or have potential for significant influence on preaching, but the detail given on them is scant.

The chapters each include a description of the theological movement in question, a description of how that movement might read a biblical text and move from that text to sermon, and a few critical questions. Movements covered include some of the standards: neo-orthodoxy, mutual critical correlation, postliberalism, process, evangelical... The tried-and-true major players are covered. The most disappointing chapter, however, is simply titled "Other Theologies and Preaching." Lumped into a single category are positions as diverse as McClure's use of Levinas to reshape pulpit ethics, radical orthodoxy, and Lose's confessional approach. None of these receives more than the most cursory treatment, and the section on how they might move toward the sermon is particularly disappointing. One could argue that this is the natural result of their novelty; the body of literature and sermons is just not there yet for a full analysis. It seems, though, that if they are important enough to include in such a survey there must be more than this that could be said about them, even given the book's intended length (much shorter and less detailed than McKim's work).
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