- Publisher: Zondervan (2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0310267994
- ISBN-13: 978-0310267997
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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Preaching Re-imagined : The Role of the Sermon in Communities of Faith
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Pagitt's contention is that oratory, to which he gives the inane and grammatically painful term, "speaching," exalts an individual to an undeserved position of authority which doesn't honor the community's role in discerning truth. Instead, he recommends the equally painful "dialogical progression" (as though any dialogues don't have an intended progress), which boils down to nothing more than talking with his audience. What Pagitt lacks, and what I'll go to pains to detail, is 1) any biblical foundation, 2) any accurate understandings of history, and 3) any proof that his own methods are fruitful.
Pagitt makes wild claims about dialoging with the audience to be a biblical norm, even stating that speeches in the Bible are a rarity. This is, in a word, nonsense. In nearly every book of the Bible someone makes a speech, and in every case, the Bible exalts their speaking with authority FOR the community, and not merely with the community. Pagitt offers no proof that his assertions about what the Bible says and does are accurate.
Secondly, Pagitt makes the completely unfounded and uncited claim that "speaching," or oratory in general, are a product of the Enlightenment. Anyone with a college education will find this intellectually insulting. From the ancient greco-roman orators, whose methods influenced the biblical writings, history and timelessly and repeatedly proven the effectiveness of oratory (that is, of a speaker in authority moving an audience to an intended purpose).Read more ›
Doug Pagitt, aside from being an excellent communicator, is also a top notch, challenging thinker. In Preaching Re-Imagined he lays out the problem (preaching as we know it is broken- the same people hear the same messages year after year and yet continue to struggle with the same problems) and some of the standard reasons why people imagine preaching is ineffective (the problem is the people, the method, the preacher, the content, etc).
Those aren't the problem, Pagitt says. Rather, the issue is "speaching", that is, defining preaching down to simply a monologue. And a steady diet of monologue is detrimental to the soul of the community- when all the communication runs in one direction, there are unintended consequences both to the speaker and the hearers. It may be fine in the short term, but long term this tends to stunt the growth of all involved.
Doug advocates something he calls progressional dialogue- becoming communities who listen to the preachers among us, not only the preacher standing in front of us.
This is a seriously great book that will challenge anyone who fills the role of "preacher" for his or her community to consider the impact their method may have on the hearers, and to consider from the ground-up the "hows", "whys" and "whats" of preaching.
Check this book out- even if you are at a size as a church where dialogue has become impossible on Sundays, there's much here to glean. This book serves as a wake up call for pastors to once again begin involving the people in the work of teaching one another.
"As pastor I want to be part of a community where the workings of God are imbedded in all, where the roles of teaching and learning aren't mine alone, but instead are intrinsic to who we are as a people."
There you go, you don't need to read the book now, everything else is redundancy or gross exaggerations of the downside of not taking his approach. It's as if he's never heard a well crafted sermon from a pastor who knows and loves his/her congregation, and as if preaching is the only event in the life of a congregation. He says at one point "Speaching also strips away any chance for people in the congregation to feel known and understood by their pastor." Oh come on. There is also no acknowledgment of the good purpose of having someone who is trained and dedicated to studying the Word and bringing teaching to the congregation. Not everyone gets a lot out of their own reading of the scripture, not everyone has time to really dig into the history and meaning of the context or the original language. That's something preachers give to their congregations.
John McClure's book "The Round-Table Pulpit" describes "collaborative preaching" where the pastor hosts a "sermon roundtable." Lucy Rose's book "Sharing the Word" suggests "conversational preaching" where "the preacher and the congregation are colleagues, exploring together the mystery of the Word of God for their own lives, as well as the life of the congregation, the larger church, and the world." Mark Elliot's book "Creative Styles of Preaching" describes nine different styles of preaching. All of these books add to the growing cannon of books on creative styles of preaching.
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Any book that discounts expository preaching and instead relies on delivery above substance is going to fail. Read morePublished on December 6, 2010 by Sam
This is the first book I've read by Pagitt. The title grabbed my attention because it's pretty obvious that a one-man-monologue is not usually the most effective way to... Read morePublished on November 30, 2009 by T. Hamaker
To borrow the wording from a couple other reviews on here about this book, Pagitt's book is a bunch of post-modern, rambling fluff that throws the baby out with the bath water. Read morePublished on July 7, 2008 by Brandon Lynn
Pagitt asks some tough and good questions about today's preaching style, some which need to be seriously considered and answered by today's preacher. Read morePublished on March 7, 2007 by R. Welch
I'm a sociologist of religion and I came across this book during my research on the emerging church. Read morePublished on December 8, 2006 by Shayne Lee
Doug Pagitt's book, Preaching Re-Imagined, is a must have for your library. It was inspiring, useful and thought provoking. This book has changed the way that I approach preaching.Published on August 28, 2006 by Robert D. Lafler, Jr.
Doug starts with a warning cry that pastors and spreachers pose a danger to the church. He tells us to re-image preaching but in the process reinvents preaching. Read morePublished on February 27, 2006 by Timothy J. McNeely
This book is a great way to re examine methods used for preaching. Doug deconstructs many of the common thoughts and practices used in churches today to look at what the intention... Read morePublished on October 31, 2005 by R. Brown
Having had a chance to visit Solomon's Porch and interact with Doug and some of the wonderful folks there in Minneapolis, I can honestly say that this approach to preaching is... Read morePublished on October 24, 2005 by Ryan L. Sharp