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Naming Grace : Preaching and the Sacramental Imagination - Mary Catherine Hikert

Naming Grace

Preaching and the Sacramental Imagination

Paperback Published: 1st September 1997
ISBN: 9780826410603

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It is not a lack of training in the art of rhetoric that accounts for the ineffectiveness of preaching within Christian churches. More significant is the lack of adequate theological foundations. While recognizing the great contribution that neo-orthodoxy and the "dialectical imagination" have made, Hilkert's major contribution is a scholarly examination of the resources of the "sacramental imagination."This examinations shifts the focus from the divine-human gap and the sinfulness of humanity to the grace discovered in everyday life, and the word entrusted to the entire community of faith. With particular attention to what constitutes "women's experience," the final chapters engage the issue of how social location shapes the experience of both hearers and preachers of the word.

"Preachers and teachers of preaching from any denomination will find Naming Grace insightful and inspiring, clear and comprehensive, practical and passionate." Joan Delaplane, O.P.

Prefacep. 9
Introductionp. 13
The Dialectical Imagination: The Power of the Wordp. 19
The Sacramental Imagination: Grace Enfleshed in Word and Actionp. 30
Preaching as the Art of Naming Gracep. 44
Words from the Futurep. 58
Trust the Text or Preach the Gospel?p. 71
The Human Story and the Story of Jesusp. 89
Grace at the Edges: Preaching and Lamentp. 108
Handing on "the Pledge Encrusted" (1 Tim 6:20; 2 Tim 1:14): Doctrinal Preachingp. 128
Women Preaching the Gospelp. 144
The Good News in Different Voicesp. 166
Conclusionp. 182
Notesp. 195
Indexp. 247
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ISBN: 9780826410603
ISBN-10: 082641060X
Audience: BAU
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Published: 1st September 1997
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.5  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: New edition