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Blue Note Preaching In A Post Soul World

Author : Otis Moss III
ISBN : 9781611646320
Genre : Religion
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"Can preaching recover a Blues sensibility and dare speak with authority in the midst of tragedy? America is living stormy Monday, but the pulpit is preaching happy Sunday. The world is experiencing the Blues, and pulpiteers are dispensing excessive doses of non-prescribed prosaic sermons with severe ecclesiastical and theological side effects." --from chapter 1 Uniquely gifted preacher Otis Moss III helps preachers effectively communicate hope in a desperate and difficult world in this new work based on his 2014 Yale Lyman Beecher Lectures. Moss challenges preachers to preach with a "Blue Note sensibility," which speaks directly to the tragedies faced by their congregants without falling into despair. He then offers four powerful sermons that illustrate his Blue Note preaching style. In them, Moss beautifully and passionately brings to life biblical characters that speak to today's pressing issues, including race discrimination and police brutality, while maintaining a strong message of hope. Moss shows how preachers can teach their congregations to resist letting the darkness find its way into them and, instead, learn to dance in the dark.

Spirit Speech

Author : Luke A. Powery
ISBN : 9781426731976
Genre : Religion
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That the Holy Spirit is present in preaching is something we take for granted. How the Spirit is present is a question we seldom ask. Luke Powery suggests that we fail to ask that question to the detriment of our preaching. Drawing on the tradition of African American preaching, he locates the Spirit’s activity in the sermon in two primary places; First, in celebration, the joyous acceptance of God’s gifts to the church and to the world. But equally as powerful is the expression of lament, the lifting up of our sorrow, grief, and suffering. In these two experiences the Spirit plays the decisive role, enabling the preacher to lay the congregation’s joys and sorrows at the feet of the living God, and announcing God’s presence in both our celebration and our lament.


Author : Otis Moss
ISBN : 082981907X
Genre : Religion
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Long-awaited book of sermons from renowned preachers Otis Moss III and Otis Moss, Jr.

Preaching After God

Author : Phil Snider
ISBN : 9781621894049
Genre : Religion
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Preaching After God is written for progressive preachers trying to find ways to effectively communicate with those who increasingly identify as "the nones," i.e. those who aren't sure what to make of God and/or Christianity, including those who believe in God some of the time, or none of the time, or all of the time, which Snider tends to think includes all of us some of the time and some of us all of the time. By drawing on the insights of several prominent postmodern theologians and philosophers, Snider provides possibilities for preaching that highly resonate with postmodern listeners who are often suspect of religion. Six lectionary-based sermons are included as examples.

Preaching The Just Word

Author : Walter J. Burghardt
ISBN : 0300077211
Genre : Religion
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With inspiring insight, one of America's foremost Catholic theologians explains why we must apply biblical justice--not merely ethical or legal justice--to matters concerning the poor, the oppressed, and the marginalized. Pointing to the Christian tradition of profound social teaching, Father Walter Burghardt offers advice to other preachers about the ways to address today's most controversial social justice issues.

The Gospel According To The Wiz And Other Sermons From Cinema

Author : Otis Moss, III
ISBN : 0829819916
Genre : Art
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Through a biblical lens, The Godfather is a retelling of the Shakespearean story of Macbeth … and The Matrix is a modern retelling of the Christ narrative. Every Sunday, more than 5,000 people come to hear Otis Moss III preach at Chicago's Trinity United Church of Christ. According to Common, hip hop artist, actor, and member of Trinity, "A message from Otis Moss III always teaches about love, justice, and commitment to the community. It's good to have a pastor who's real and relevant." Moss describes himself as, "a jazz-influenced pastor with a hip-hop vibe committed to the Gospel of Jesus Christ rooted in love and justice." And he admits he can talk endlessly about theology, popular culture, and movies. Especially movies. That's why he's based some of his best sermons on these powerful films: The Wiz, 12 Years a Slave, The Butler, The Book of Eli, The Color Purple, Avatar, Flight, For Colored Girls, Read this book if you love movies and want to find even deeper meaning in them. Discussion questions are included, making it ideal for individuals or groups, movie nights and book clubs. As Pastor Moss says, "If you think about it, movie theaters are the modern cathedrals. Where else, outside of the church, do we gather for a shared experience and are not bothered by the outburst and shouts of neighbors?" Book jacket.

Whose Gospel

Author : James Forbes
ISBN : 9781458730374
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In Whose Gospel?, one of America's greatest living preachers offers a compelling vision of progressive social change. Known as '' the preacher's preacher, ''Dr. James A. Forbes Jr. has tirelessly advocated progressive views on the crucial issues of our time - from poverty, war, and women's equality to racial justice, sexuality, and the environment. Long a powerful voice for progressive Protestants, Forbes draws on a record of political commitment ranging from the civil rights movement to his stirring address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, in addition to his eighteen years at the helm of New York City's historic Riverside Church. Reflecting the insights of his years as a pastor, a teacher, and an adviser to political leaders, this inspiring manifesto '' for the healing of the nations ''epitomizes the best thinking of one of the country's foremost religious leaders. Published with a foreword by longtime Riverside Church member Bill Moyers, Whose Gospel? is a pithy and insightful introduction to Forbes's thought and a welcome source of inspiration in this era of hope and change.

Race In A Post Obama America

Author : David Maxwell
ISBN : 9781611646665
Genre : Religion
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Recent events in the United States have provoked not just a willingness to discuss issues of racism in this country but a desire to do something meaningful to confront it. Race in a Post-Obama America offers concerned Christians the chance to clarify terms and issues around racism and discern how to respond. The reader will learn the basic definitions and history around racism in the United States, be presented with current thoughts on institutional racism and what is to be done to end it, and learn about specific actions individuals and churches are taking. Designed for individual or group study, the book includes questions for reflection and discussion.

Good News

Author : Jeremiah A. Wright (Jr.)
ISBN : NWU:35556034464792
Genre : Religion
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In his inimitable style, Dr. Wright uses candor, wit, and unmistakable power to convey the message to everyone that 'God has some good news for you'.Families today come in all shapes and sizes and face all kinds of issues and struggles. In this book, Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr., preaches a word of hope and challenge to family members - married or single, bad or good, accepted or outcast.

The Write Stuff

Author : Sondra B. Willobee
ISBN : 9780664232818
Genre : Religion
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In this book, gifted preacher Sondra Willobee shows how to enliven sermons by using the techniques of great writers. With clarity and wit, Willobee explores the joyful process of crafting effective sermons.

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