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

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ISBN-13: 978-0800662325
ISBN-10: 0800662326
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About the Author

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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Fortress Press (January 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800662326
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800662325
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #426,043 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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Very easy read. A bit repetitive at times but that was OK. I loved the way the author explained how our own theological thinking play positively or negatively on how we (preachers) develop the sermon and in how the congregation receives it. Id recommend it to clergy.
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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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Understand aspects of theology is not a simple issue to study. The author takes us by the hand into the learning experience of identifying historic and contemporary theologies that influence religious discourse. Share the same portion of Scripture and presents the point of view of every theological trend in the way that sermons are exposed. These variables allow us to analyze the religious discourse from the community of faith and the way of historical and contemporary theological interpretation. I recommend this exceptional theological reflection.
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