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Preaching and Theology (Preaching and Its Partners) [Paperback]

By James F. Kay (Author)
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theologies of preaching that have dominated Protestant thought. Spanning several theological movements-from the Reformation to Post-Liberalism-Preaching and Theology explores different theological points of view about preaching and covers theologies from Martin Luther to Martin Luther King Jr. and Hans Frei. Kay contends that thinking critically and theologically is necessary for preaching to proceed with honesty, integrity, and faithfulness to the Christian message. Yet for many people, including many preachers, pastors, and professors, theology is itself a negative word. Kay weaves together preaching and theology as he reasons that a "frame of reference" is needed for a proper understanding of preaching as a Christian practice as well as for the vitality of academic or systematic theology.

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James Kay offers a detailed historical and theological analysis of the theologies of preaching that have dominated Protestant thought. Spanning several theological movements-from the Reformation to Post-Liberalism-Preaching and Theology explores different theological points of view about preaching and covers theologies from Martin Luther to Martin Luther King Jr. and Hans Frei. Kay contends that thinking critically and theologically is necessary for preaching to proceed with honesty, integrity, and faithfulness to the Christian message. Yet for many people, including many preachers, pastors, and professors, theology is itself a negative word. Kay weaves together preaching and theology as he reasons that a "frame of reference" is needed for a proper understanding of preaching as a Christian practice as well as for the vitality of academic or systematic theology.

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Studio: Chalice Press
Pages   166
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.92" Width: 5.04" Height: 0.42"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 2008
Publisher   Chalice Press
Series  Preaching And Its Partners  
ISBN  0827229917  
ISBN13  9780827229914  


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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! James F. Kay is Princeton Theological Seminary's Joe R. Engle Professor of Homiletics and Liturgics and director of the Joe R. Engle Institute of Preaching. He is also editor of Theology Today. An ordained Presbyterian minister, Kay teaches history, theology, and practice of preaching and worship.

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Class is in session  Sep 24, 2009
I read this book from the perspective of a lay adult Sunday School teacher who is interested in what is going on in the modern world of academic theologians, those whose purpose it is to systematically think about God in Scripture and preaching. I found the 133 pages that make up Dr. James F. Kay's Preaching And Theology a good place to begin my entry into this esoteric world.

Kay's burden in Preaching And Theology is to demonstrate how we all approach our subject matter from a frame of reference, and how once we adopt a point of view then all else is configured according to it. He designates the three frames of reference for the study of preaching as Rhetoric, Poetic and Theological, and challenges us to find our own frame of reference. Kay is up front in revealing he heavily favors the Theological frame of reference where God Himself is the true preacher of His Word. It is quite an involved study to distinguish between these three, and Kay makes use of a plethora of authoritative quotations to enable the reader's understanding. He is especially helpful with his generous use of phrases such as "in other words", "that is to say", "on the other hand", and "in short". Kay occasionally uses the phrases "in my judgment" and "I would agree" to bring his own observations to bear. For instance on page 57 Kay offers the thesis: "Preaching is more faithful to the word of God when it is fitting or appropriate to its hearers' context".

It is apparent that Kay is well versed in the Continental Theologies of Karl Barth, Rudolf Buttmann and Gerhard Ebeling, and shows how their writings along with the influence of existentialist Martin Heideggar have produced what American theological circles have dubbed "the New Hermeneutics" (Word-event theology with its emphasis on what the sermon will do). He also takes on the subjects of demythologization and the quest for the historical Jesus head on, as well as Yale Divinity School's postliberalism. Even the ongoing question of whether the written Word or the preached Word is better is touched upon.

If you are not accustomed to academic theological terminology (soteriology, impassibility, kerygma, etc.) then this book is not one for speed reading. You will also encounter words such as; hypostatic, epiclectic, heuristic, semiotically, eventuated, matriculate, etc. But if you are familiar with theological jargon and have no problem with language games, then maybe you can zip right through this book. I know I could not.

Kay argues that since Scripture is what norms preaching, and Scripture demands interpretation, then this makes preaching and theology inseparable.
Kay challenges us with what he considers the most important theological question of all "What is the gospel, and why is it preached?" For him preaching is a combination of God's act and human proclamation, and should be approached using the theological frame of reference.

In the last chapter before Kay's five-page conclusion, the promissory narration is discussed and we are told about the "correlative performative". But you will have to read it for yourself to find out what that means (I can't be giving it all away - ha ha).

Throughout the book Kay uses texts taken from sermons by people such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Fred Craddock, and Fleming Rutledge (to whom the book is dedicated) to illustrate the different frames of reference. Kay's writings are sprinkled with historical background facts (like Jonathan Edwards would stare at a bell rope when he preached), and references are made to the movie "Crash" and the play "Children of a Lesser God" to illustrate points being made. Even a humorous quip by comedian Lily Tomlin is thrown into the mix.

I came away from reading Preaching and Theology with a greater appreciation for the place of critical thinking, not only concerning theology but in all areas of discipline. I appreciated Dr. Kay's saying he sees truth in all three of the positions presented. I invite you to purchase this book and open it up because Professor JFK's class is in session.
 

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