Preaching Jesus Christ Today

Six Questions for Moving from Scripture to Sermon

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Preaching Jesus Christ Today helps busy preachers approach preaching as a theological practice and a spiritual discipline as they prepare sermons week after week. Annette Brownlee explores six questions to help preachers listen to Scripture, move from text to interpretation, and understand the theological significance of the sermon.

"Drawing on the work of Lindbeck and Frei, Brownlee not only provides a substantive account of what the Holy Spirit does in and through the sermon but also develops what I can only describe as exercises to help preachers get out of the way of the Spirit. I cannot imagine a better book for teaching seminarians not only the 'what' but also the 'how' of preaching. The book is invaluable for those who have been overdetermined by theories of preaching."
--Stanley Hauerwas, Duke Divinity School

"In this well-researched volume, Annette Brownlee has produced a treasure for preachers. She asks six probing theological questions about how preachers relate to biblical texts and then provides solid advice on how to explore each of them. She has a profoundly theological vision of preaching and a firm grasp of the practicalities of crafting weekly sermons. This book will be extraordinarily effective in both broadening and deepening one's repertoire of sermons."
--Thomas G. Long, Candler School of Theology, Emory University

"With her new book Annette Brownlee honors the theological turn of homiletics with a compelling vision: an evangelical, postliberal understanding of preaching as a theological practice. Through six key theological questions, she invites preachers to dwell in the house of Scripture intratextually and thereby discern the gospel of Christ with greater depth and focus for the sake of God's people, the church."
--David Schnasa Jacobsen, Boston University School of Theology

"The retrieval of figural exegesis has lacked a homiletics text until now. I pray a generation of seminarians will learn to preach from Annette Brownlee."
--Jason Byassee, Vancouver School of Theology


Annette Brownlee, Author

Annette Brownlee (DMin, Wycliffe College) is chaplain, professor of pastoral theology, and director of field education at Wycliffe College, University of Toronto, where she has served for more than ten years. She previously served as an episcopal priest (ECUSA) for two decades in parishes in Ohio, Connecticut, and Colorado. In addition to her work at Wycliffe, Brownlee is assistant priest at St. Paul's L'Amoreaux in Scarborough, Ontario.

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