Kindling Desire for God : Preaching As Spiritual Direction

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  • Copyright: 2009-01-01
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress Pub
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While searching for a model of preaching that is apt for our postmodern moment, Kay Northcutt respectfully eschews earlier models and suggests the "what" of preaching should consist in spiritual formation or the practice of "spiritual direction". Taking an evocative, rather than "how-to," approach, Northcutt notes the gaps created by earlier models and makes a case not only for framing preaching as an "attractive art" but also for understanding the preacher's authority as religious in nature. The author provides readers with a new paradigm for developing their own homiletical discipline.

Author Biography

Kay L. Northcutt is Fred B. Craddock Associate Professor of Preaching and Worship at Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa. An ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and a certified spiritual director, she is author also of Praying by Heart: Prayers for Personal Devotion and Public Worship.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. VII
Prefacep. XI
Introductionp. 1
Spiritual Direction
Theological Assumptions
Hermeneutical Assumptions
Formation by Attractionp. 9
The Modern Homiletic Landscape
The Pastor's Formation
Receptivity from Childhood through Adulthood
The Attracting God
Formation by Attraction
Attracting, Sacramental, Holy-in-the-Ordinary Ministers
The Formational Pastor: George Herbert
Preacher and Pastor as Spiritual Guide
Preaching as Spiritual Direction: A New Paradigm
Formational Voice-Printsp. 35
Formational Preaching
Formational Voice-Prints: Fosdick
The Problem with Preaching as Pastoral Counseling
Unforeseen Negative Consequences of Preaching as Counseling
The Distinctive Voice-Print of Preaching as Spiritual Direction
Minding the Formational Gapsp. 59
The Need for Guidance
The Religious Authority of the God-Person
Reappropriating Desert Models of Authority
Spiritual Freedom
Reforming Congregational Ethos from Problem Solving to Paideulerion
Formational Voicesp. 79
Formational Guides
Listening "with the Ear of the Heart"
Cultivating Attention: "Behold!"
Waking Us Up
Attending to Vocational Formation
Guiding toward Sacramental Life
Seeking to See as God Sees
Preaching as Spiritual Direction: A Biblical and Theological Hermeneutic
Mending the Gapsp. 101
The Preacher
Formational Sermonsp. 117
Sermon One: "Go Find Your Greatness!"
Sermon Two: "A Listening Heart"
Sermon Three: "A Matter of Life and Death"
Sermon Preparationp. 139
Lectio Divinap. 145
Notesp. 147
Indexp. 159
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