"I . . . invite other non-Anabaptists to enjoy the same hospitality I have enjoyed . . . in the house of the Radical Reformation and to savor, with me, the unique treasures found there. . . ." --Brian McLaren, pastor and speaker as well as author of A New Kind of Christian, Finding Faith, The Church on the Other Side, in the Foreword
Karl Barth is reported to have said that in the ministry of preaching, it is God who speaks. Anabaptist Christians have long believed God's voice is heard best when all those who are filled with the Spirit are part of a conversation: the preacher, the congregation, and the Bible itself. In these chapters, all commissioned for this book, a community of Anabaptist scholars reflect on the nature and character of each of element in the homiletical conversation.
In 14 chapters (plus study guide) ranging across such topics as postmodernity, hermeneutics, grace, doctrine, multiculturalism, power and persuasion, narrative, collaboration, and much more, the writers ponder the unique perspective on preaching offered by Anabaptism. Authors include David B. Greiser Nancy R. Heisey, Dennis Hollinger, Lynn Jost, Michael A. King, Renée Sauder, Mary Schertz, Nathan D. Showalter, Rebecca Slough, David A. Stevens, Ervin R. Stutzman, Mark R. Wenger, Dawn Ottoni Wilhelm, and June Alliman Yoder.
"Finally, an outstanding group of Anabaptist scholars freely offer the homiletical gifts of their tradition to everyone who has 'ears to hear.' Listen closely, and you will discover how your own preaching can be transformed into a communal, grace-filled form of biblical, theological, and prophetic witness." --John S. McClure, Charles G. Finney Professor of Homiletics, The Divinity School, Vanderbilt University
The Editors: David B. Greiser, Souderton, Pennsylvania is a pastor at Souderton Mennonite Church and Adjunct Professor of Preaching and Church History at Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary and Biblical Theological Seminary. He has served in a many wider-church roles. Michael A. King, Telford, Pennsylvania, is pastor of Spring Mount Mennonite Church, a publisher, and editor of DreamSeeker Magazine. King is author of three books, including Preaching about Life in a Threatening World (co-authored with Ron Sider).