Saturday, April 12, 2014

Book for preaching: Giving Blood by Leonard Sweet

A Groundbreaking Resource for Preaching If the church wishes to converse effectively with a culture, it must learn the culture's language. Today, shifts in technology mean that language is increasingly one of symbols and metaphors, stories and images---not words. So what does this mean for the sermon, that long-standing, word-based tradition of Christianity? In this ground-breaking resource, bestselling author Leonard Sweet offers an alternative to traditional models of preaching, one that is fitting to a new culture and a new mode of thinking. The first book of its kind to move preaching beyond its pulpit-centric fixation and toward more interactive, participatory modes of communication, Sweet presents both a challenge and a path forward for a church struggling to maintain its relevance in a post-modern, media-saturated culture.

Chapters include:
Part 1:  Introductory words from the LAB
  • Under the Microscope Preaching in a Google World
  • Blood and Water - Narraphor - Narrative and Metaphor
  • Blood Work - Making Narraphors EPIC
Part 2:   A+ Positive Prep
  • Blood Stream Scriptures
  • Blood types and blood screening - Deduction, Induction, Abduction and Transduction
Part 3:  B+  Body Building
  • Blood Flow -  bicameral preaching
  • Blood Cells - Organic Architecture
  • Blood bank - Narrative and Metaphor = Narraphor
  • Blood Enriching Nutrients - Style and twist
  • Blood and Guts - Passion
  • Blood Pumping EPICitivites - Pumping up preaching with Apps
  • Blood Thinners - the role of humour
Part 4:  AB+ Going live
  • Blood Supply - incarnation and culture
  • Blood Transfusion - Infusing creativity
  • Blood donors - congregational interplay
  • Blood drives - the closure of altar and after calls
  • Blood vessels - Sacramentality
  • Blood Chills and Thrills - Impact and delivery
Part 5 Dealing with Negatives
  • Blood Clots - the preachers block
  • Blood feuds and blood baths - handling criticism
  • Blood Hematoma - avoiding bruising
  • Blood pressure -  the nervous preacher
  • Blood doping and bad blood - false props and bad leads
  • Blood poisoning - dealing with heresies
Part 6 O Homiletic Miscellany  
  • Red blood realities -  the preacher's humility and humanity
  • Blood ties - learning from peers and relationships with colleagues
  • Blood Testing - interpreting effect and response
Part 7 LAB to LIFE
  • Life Blood -  food for the body
  • Giving Blood - Salvation and ressurection

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