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Marking Time: Preaching Biblical Stories in Present Tense [Paperback]

By Barbara K. Lundblad (Author)
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Crosses the boundary between biblical and contemporary time to demonstrate powerful and engaging preaching.

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The preacher is too often caught between biblical and contemporary time. Residing first in one, then in the other, the preacher must somehow find a way to bring the two times -- separate as they might seem -- together. The temptation of course is to capitulate to one side or the other of this tension. The preacher can reside solely in the biblical time, offering the congregation what amounts to weekly lectures on history and archeology, spiced up with the occasional moralistic conclusion. Or, setting up shop permanently in contemporary time, she or he can offer commentaries on society and culture that occasionally tip their hats in the direction of Scripture. A third way, contends Barbara Lundblad, lies in marking time, a way of allowing biblical time to speak to the contemporary world and vice versa. When the preacher marks time, he or she admits that there can be no one-to-one correspondence between the world of the text and the world of the congregation. Nevertheless, the preacher demonstrates that when the biblical text is let loose upon our day to day existence, it challenges and judges, redeems and sanctifies it, infusing it with new meaning. Likewise, contemporary situations, needs, and experiences open up new possibilities within Scripture, allowing the congregation to see truth in the text they had never before discovered there, allowing them to discern the leading of the Spirit through the text and into the present moment. In this volume, which grows out of Lundblad's 2000 Beecher Lectures delivered at Yale Divinity School, the author presents both an argument for the ongoing intersection of the biblical and contemporary worlds, and examples of how that intersection might take place.

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Studio: Abingdon Press
Pages   120
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.67" Width: 7.14" Height: 0.37"
Weight:   0.44 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2007
Publisher   Abingdon Church Supplies
ISBN  0687046203  
ISBN13  9780687046201  

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More About Barbara K. Lundblad

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Barbara K. Lundblad is Joe R. Engle Associate Professor of Preaching at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. Rev. Lundblad has been heard regularly on the Protestant Hour for many years and is formerly pastor of an ELCU parish on the upper west side of Manhattan. She was chosen to deliver the Beecher lectures at Yale in October 2000.

Barbara K. Lundblad was born in 1944.

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Superb book from one of America's great preachers  Feb 7, 2008
"Marking Time" is a terrific book by one of America's great preachers.

Although it is not simply a collection of sermons, the book is written in a distinctly "sermonic" style: a thoughtful blend of biblical exegesis, story, theological speculation, and modern application -- and very much written for the "ear," and not just the "eye." Readers who enjoy the work of other preacher-theologian-public intellectuals, such as Peter Gomes, Barbara Brown Taylor, or William Sloane Coffin, will likely enjoy this book. So will fans of writers like Anne Lamott, Marilynne Robinson, or Kathleen Norris.

Those who follow books about preaching will enjoy it because, well, it's a book by Barbara K. Lundblad -- one of our great preachers and teachers of preaching.

Like other books that began as part of Yale Divinity School's prestigious Beecher Lectures, "Marking Time" is neither a "how to" about preaching nor a set of "pure" sermons; rather, it's a book that explores what preaching can do and thinks about how preaching does it, yet does that exploring through the medium of preaching itself. It's a sermon on the challenges of writing and thinking up sermons.

What makes it so special? Lundblad is a stupendous reader of Scripture. And she has an unusual set of instincts as a reader. Most preachers read Scripture with an eye for how we can make its message simpler, or how to reduce it to a core idea; she reads a passage with an eye toward making it more complex, how to keep it messy...and alive. The assigned passage at the beginning proves only to be a starting point, and she leads us into a web of questions (somehow, it's never a tangle...but a web) that keeps on going.

It's a late-night conversation when you try to solve the problems of the world with a supremely well-informed friend.

Progressive Christians should rally to the voice and the insights of this book.

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