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on 26 October 2010
A colleague tells me that as I read this book I was pulling some strange faces: it's not an easy read, perhaps especially for a man who's been preaching for 30 years and more. Rose examines the traditional approaches ('classical' and kerygmatic') to sermons and preaching with a clear eye and a merciless critique (whilst being helpfully non-judgemtnal!) She does so with attention to a wide range of scholarship, a range which is quite dazzling. And she uses the tool of distance and gap between preacher and congregation: a telling analysis for preaching in a post-modern world). As she gets to the third phase, the 'transformational' she reaches her own teachers, Craddock and Lowry, and walks even more gently. Then she takes us on into her offering of a fourth model, the 'conversational. This is challenging and I think very hopeful in many church contexts. A book which may appear to be written mostly for the teacher of homiletics but which will benefit preachers hugely if you persevere to the end: not least in hleping us to think about the gap between where our congregations sit and where we stand.
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