Cross-shattered Church Paperback
Reclaiming the Theological Heart of Preaching
by Stanley Hauerwas;
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Cross-shattered Church by Stanley Hauerwas was published by Darton Longman & Todd in January 2010 and is our 57370th best seller. The ISBN for Cross-shattered Church is 9780232527858.
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A Cross-Shattered ChurchBarry Vendy, via The Good Book Stall
‘My best theological work’, is how the respected academic, preacher, prolific author and noted advocate of non-violence Stanley Hauerwas regards these sermons. They are ‘theological through and through’, because ‘one of the most satisfying contexts for doing the work of theology is in sermons’. But do not be afraid that this will make them obscure or esoteric. Their language is accessible and their message clear and riveting. They are often humorous, so ‘please do not be afraid to laugh as you read these sermons’, remarks Hauerwas.
The book’s introduction contains what I found to be exciting reflections on preaching. Then come the seventeen actual sermons, most of them preached either in the chapel of Duke University Divinity School or at the Church of the Holy Family. Four were preached on special occasions (a wedding, an ordination and baptisms), and the others are divided into 3 sections, headed ‘Seeing’, ‘Saying’ and ‘Living’. The sermons are scriptural (each one is linked with readings from the Lectionary), Trinitarian and Christological. I found them arresting, fresh, down to earth and illuminating.
The Appendix contains three more enlightening essays, and like the Introduction, is well worth studying.
As Hauerwas writes, Sermons are ‘first and foremost an oral art’, but I have no hesitation in recommending this written collection.
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Details for Cross-shattered Church
|Author / Artist||Stanley Hauerwas|
|Publisher||Darton Longman & Todd (January 2010)|
|Number of Pages||160|
|Page last updated||11th April 2017|