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Overhearing the Gospel: Revised and Expanded Edition [Paperback]

By Fred B. Craddock (Author)
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"This is a classic in the literature of narrative preaching. It is also vintage Fred Craddock. The reader enjoys the telling of the tales and the flow of the prose so immensely that one hardly notices that the homiletical universe is being rearranges in the process."

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Revised and Expanded Edition When originally published in 1978, Overhearing the Gospel introduced "narrative preaching" and forever changed the shape of contemporary preaching. Now a new generation of preachers can learn from the master himself in this revised and expanded edition of Craddock's groundbreaking method.

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Studio: Chalice Press
Pages   156
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.92" Width: 6.08" Height: 0.47"
Weight:   0.6 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2002
Publisher   Chalice Press
Edition  Revised  
ISBN  0827227175  
ISBN13  9780827227170  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Fred Craddock is Bandy Distinguished Professor of Preaching and New Testament, emeritus, at Candler School of Theology, Emory University, and is minister emeritus of Cherry Log Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He is a sought-after lecturer, an author of several books, and a captivating storyteller.

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Kierkegaard for the Preacher  Apr 1, 2007
Craddock puts the question quite right: "How do we proclaim the gospel to people who have heard it all before--and have done so for years, and decades, and eons?!?!" How might we phrase our remarks so that the gospel just might be overheard by those not intending to "hear" the gospel at all? But this is God's work and not ours--yet Craddock invites us, as the master preacher that he is to think about these matters carefully and to allow Kierkegaard to be our guide. Sometimes one doesn't need all the answers to questions answered, or even a paint by the dot book in order to reap the benefits--one just needs to hear the question articulated in order to stop and think about how brilliant the question really is...Craddock does that for us here--and we are in his debt.
Review  May 18, 2005
Fred Craddock's "Overhearing the Gospel" is a must-read for anyone preaching the word. Craddock shares Soren Kierkegaard's thoughts and methods, as well as his own. Once you become engaged with this book, it is difficult to set the reading aside. The reader is challenged with the truths of preaching, and the desire to incorporate all this information into his/her own style of preaching.

"Overhearing the Gospel" addresses method, the listener, the teller, and the story. The read ends with three of Craddock's sermons which illustrate many of the points made in the book. From the author's illustrations, a preacher has the opportunity to glean ideas for many future sermons and the method to apply those ideas.

The book is an enegizing, teaching, and sometimes humorous read for a pastor who might have reached a "dry place" in their preaching period. Anyone who reads "Overhearing the Gospel" can't help but be inspired and called forth to preach the gospel with spontaneity and authenticity.

Unpacking Kierkegaard's Indirect Communication  Dec 10, 2004
For a time this book slipped under the radar. I couldn't find it in the late 90's, but it's finally being rediscovered. I think this is because it expresses so well the method of communication that has made Hollywood one of the most compelling story tellers on the planet, far overshadowing the impotence of the Church in telling the greatest story ever told, and yet one used almost exclusively by Jesus himself.

Inadvertently a postmodern text, Overhearing the Gospel exposes the modern illusion of direct communication-the idea that each one of us perceives the world and communicates ideas exactly the same.

Through the stories of Søren Kierkegaard, Fred Craddock shows us how to draw listeners into the very act of constructing their own meaning (always analogically). Through art and story listeners hear more with their heart (holistic perception) and understand more deeply when in their own uniqueness they are allowed to complete the meaning. He exposes what Kierkegaard and Wittgenstein have been shouting for years: people are moved more by what is compelling than reasonable. As Kierkegaard mused, 'I don't have a problem with reason, as long as you understand it only works backwards.'

In respect of how we communicate, the Church needs to catch up with--heaven forbid even learn from--Hollywood. It needs to explain less, trust the heart of the listener and learn again how to tell its story in a more meaningful and compelling manner. As Queen Victoria was purported to have said, "If all the people who go to sleep in church were laid end to end they would be a lot more comfortable."

Overhearing the Gospel does not deal with the ethics of communication, though it calls the Church to the next level of love and respect for the Other. Neither does it open the door to the underlying philosophical and theological discussions, which in fact lie beneath his more practical lessons. Craddock doesn't even suggest `direct communication' and reason be done away with, he thinks they are indeed necessary. What he offers us, however, is a start at understanding how indirect communication through the use of art, story, analogy and metaphor can be far more meaningful than explanations, especially when communicating the grace and truth of God in Christ-that which no person can directly communicate to another.

Greg Gorsuch, Common Ground Seattle
Craddock always comes back around!  Dec 27, 2002
Two great books were first printed in 1978: Overhearing the Gospel, by Fred Craddock and The Prophetic Imagination, by Walter Brueggemann. Although it took me 13 years to become familiar with either one, they were both worth the waiting!

I cannot remember when I heard Dr. Craddock tell the story of gathering the fallen stars in the backyard of his home and storing them in his Grandma's clothes basket; But this story is placed in poignant conclusion to his first chapter: "Concerning Method." Anyone familiar with reading Kierkegaard knows that it requires telling a good story for a parallel metaphor!

Unusual as it seems for Craddock, he focuses upon the quote by Kierkegaard: "There is a lack of understanding in the land...a something which the one cannot directly communicate to the other." This quote is stated at the beginng of each chapter: Concerning the Listener; Concerning the Teller; Concerning the Story. As only Dr. Craddock can do, the quote is used as a large part of the foundation for each chapter. This does not appear to be true for any other Craddock or Brueggemann book! In chapter 4 on Concerning the Story, Craddock touches the peak with, "Stories of Abraham, the Exodus, of Moses, of David..." Again quoting Kierkegaard, which is for me a reminder of Brueggemann. Two pages later he refers to S. K. having "recaptured beautifully this characteristic of the Bible to make one point at a time, with no anxiety about harmony, balance and symmetry!" (Bruegge again.)

When he describes the communicators of the Christian faith with words such as intensity, discipline, passion, pathos, he is also reminding me of the ways in which both he and Prof Bruegge communicate.

After 40 years since Seminary, I have been searching for such a clearly understandable, thoughtful and inspiring book to motivate preaching. Eureka! I finally found it!
Retired Chaplain Fred W. Hood


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