Preaching and Professing : Sermons by a Teacher Seeking to Proclaim the Gospel

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  • Copyright: 2009-02-15
  • Publisher: Eerdmans Pub Co
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Testifies to the presence of God as both our post-earthly hope and our present-world existence. These thought-provoking sermons by Ralph Wood, a layman who has taught religion and literature for many years, seek to till new soil in the fertile field of Christian faith and life. They draw on a wide range of reading not only in Christian theology but also in both classical and contemporary literature and culture. And they also mine Wood┐s own professorial and personal experience in dealing with both the old and the young amid "the chances and changes of life." Wood squarely engages the American "culture of death" by wrestling with such vexing questions as sexuality and marriage, war and peace, abortion, racial injustice, and abuse of the elderly. By grounding his homilies in specific times, places, and quandaries, Wood demonstrates that Christianity remains a vigorous set of doctrines and morals precisely as preaching and ethics give shape to our worship and living in the here and now. Focusing not so much on our "getting to heaven," Wood's Preaching and Professing shows concretely how the gospel "gets heaven into us."

Author Biography

Ralph C. Wood is University Professor of Theology and Literature at Baylor University. His other books include The Gospel according to Tolkien and Flannery O'Connor and the Christ-Haunted South.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. viii
Preaching and Hearing
Introduction: The Primacy of Preaching in Protestant Worshipp. 3
Be Hearers of the Word and Not Doers Onlyp. 13
The Minister as Parson, Preacher, and Pastorp. 21
Hearing the Voice of Godp. 28
The Church
"Compel Them to Come In": The Gospel as Divine Command, Not Consumer Choicep. 37
The World's Heroes and the Church's Saintsp. 44
A Call for a Latter-Day Reformation of the Churchp. 54
Wrestling Jacob and Being Named by Godp. 63
Suffering and Service
The No-People Who Have Become God's Peoplep. 71
The Call of the Crucifiedp. 78
The Suffering That Makes for Characterp. 85
Christians as the Little Ones, the Hobbits of the Worldp. 92
A Farewell Sermon to a Faithful Peoplep. 100
The Rock That Springs with the Water of Lifep. 106
Doctrine and the Moral Life
Christians and Jews: Wayfarers through the Wastelandp. 115
The Scandal of Our Redemptionp. 123
Loud, Dogmatic, and Certain: Three Good Christian Wordsp. 132
Thou Shalt Not Slay either Bodies or Soulsp. 144
Hurrying toward Hellp. 159
Baptism in a Coffinp. 166
The Christian Year
Waiting, Watching, and Enduring to the Endp. 171
Jesus as Both Savior and Lordp. 176
Hosanna to the King Who Rides upon a Donkeyp. 184
This Cupp. 191
The Call of the Cross and the Tablep. 196
Unwearied Hearts Ascendp. 202
The Vocations of Ministry and Marriage
A Fiery Red-Head Called to the Ministry of Word and Sacramentp. 211
A Rock Breaker and a Stone Builderp. 218
The Redeeming Comedy of Marriagep. 222
A Latter-Day Rachel and Jacobp. 227
A Marriage Built on the Solid Rockp. 231
Death and Eternal Life
An Unhaloed Mississippian Saintp. 237
A Man of Godly Fear and Suffering Obediencep. 244
Feasting on Manna and Turnip Greensp. 250
A Grotesque Act of Repentancep. 255
A Woman Whose Name and Life Sparkledp. 258
A Teacher Who Demanded Pandemoniump. 264
A Man Alive While Dyingp. 271
A Woman Who Waited for the Lord Godp. 276
A Fearless and Funny Preacher of the Gospelp. 283
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