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Retelling the Story: Creatively Developing Biblical Story Sermons [Paperback]

By Larry Lange (Author)
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Is the typical didactic sermon still an adequate vehicle for communicating essential biblical truth? In this provocative and enlightening volume, Larry Lange contends that story sermons are a far more effective way to proclaim the Good News in a modern world that largely communicates through narrative-driven multimedia spectacle. The powerful stories in the Bible don't need to be turned into morals or ideas to convey the gospel. But because they were composed in a radically different cultural context, they may require additional explanation or interpretation to make them relevant for contemporary audiences. So how can a preacher add narrative elements to these stories without diminishing their dramatic impact or changing their meaning? Retelling The Story outlines an innovative process for retelling biblical stories that utilizes fictional elements and contexts yet remains faithful to the scriptural text. Several creative and homiletical issues are comprehensively examined, and six sample sermons are included to illustrate various aspects of this process at work. Inject exciting new life into the old, old story with this primer for developing dramatic sermons that touch hearts and minds and souls.

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Is the typical didactic sermon still an adequate vehicle for communicating essential biblical truth? In this provocative and enlightening volume, Larry Lange contends that story sermons are a far more effective way to proclaim the Good News in a modern world that largely communicates through narrative-driven multimedia spectacle. The powerful stories in the Bible don't need to be turned into morals or ideas to convey the gospel. But because they were composed in a radically different cultural context, they may require additional explanation or interpretation to make them relevant for contemporary audiences. So how can a preacher add narrative elements to these stories without diminishing their dramatic impact or changing their meaning? Retelling The Story outlines an innovative process for retelling biblical stories that utilizes fictional elements and contexts yet remains faithful to the scriptural text. Several creative and homiletical issues are comprehensively examined, and six sample sermons are included to illustrate various aspects of this process at work. Inject exciting new life into the old, old story with this primer for developing dramatic sermons that touch hearts and minds and souls. Lange's book is very well connected to recent homiletical literature, is well researched, deeply biblical, and creatively challenging. Parish pastors will benefit from this clear and brief presentation of biblical retelling. Richard A. Jensen Carlson Professor of Homiletics emeritus Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago Larry Lange and his wife, Julie Wrubbel-Lange, serve as the pastors of Grace Lutheran Church in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Lange is a graduate of Carthage College (B.A.), the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (M.A.), the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (M.Div.), and the Association of Chicago Theological Schools (D.Min.).

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Studio: CSS Publishing Company
Pages   124
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.4" Width: 4.94" Height: 0.37"
Weight:   0.38 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2005
Publisher   CSS Publishing Company
ISBN  0788023462  
ISBN13  9780788023460  


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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Larry Lange and his wife, Julie Wrubbel-Lange, serve as the pastors of Grace Lutheran Church in Green Bay, Wisconsin. He is the author of Retelling the Story: Creatively Developing Biblical Story Sermons (CSS). Lange is a graduate of Carthage College (B.A.), the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (M.A. in English), the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (M.Div.), and the Association of Chicago Theological Schools (D.Min. in Preaching).

Larry Lange currently resides in Huntington, in the state of New York.

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An Important Voice  Aug 16, 2006
The power of stories in moral theology has been recognized and expounded by an increasing number of scholars in recent years, including Russell B. Conners, Jr. and Patrick T. McCormick, who state, "[I]n spite of their coy wrappings, stories have a tremendous moral power...For good or ill, they can challenge, influence and even transform us." In ReTelling the Story, Rev. Larry Lange presents a fascinating case for the use of storytelling in the area of homiletics.

While on the surface, one may critique a storytelling approach to homiletics as compromising biblical truth, Rev. Lange clearly lays the foundation for an approach that engages congregations in a non-traditional manner while still upholding the utmost fidelity to the biblical text. While the truth of a biblical text is of paramount importance, as Rev. Lange illustrates, consideration of the manner in which the truth is conveyed to an audience is perhaps just as significant. In his book, Rev. Lange clearly engages a variety of practical and theological issues related to the art of storytelling through preaching. Clearly, with this book, Rev. Lange adds an important voice to the ongoing dialogue in the area of homiletics.

In short, while this book seems to be directed more toward clergy and those who write and present sermons, I believe this book will be valuable to anyone with an interest in scripture and interpretive issues in the contemporary world.
 
Filling in the Gaps  Jul 4, 2006
As storytellers know, a story takes on new life in each retelling. How much more, then, do the stories that serve as truth tales from the Hebrew Bible and Christian Scriptures take on new life in retelling the "old, old story." What Pr. Larry Lange proposes in this work is Christian midrash. We need a midrashic tradition that permits us to hear and to understand more deeply the matriarchs and patriarchs, the kings, the prophets, and the disciples. "Midrash," says Barry Holtz, "comes to fill in the gaps, to tell us the details that the Bible teasingly leaves out." Readers of ReTelling the Story--students, pastors, lay people, anyone interested in the stories of our traditions--will discover ways in which to make the texts speak again.
 
ReTelling Biblical Narrative  Jul 4, 2006
ReTelling The Story by Larry Lange provides concrete case studies of creatively developing Biblically based story sermons. Having participated in several of the homiletical preparation processes, I can attest to the fact that the author engages in a critical wrestling with the text before moving to creative expansion and interpretation. In retelling the story, the critical discipline is to creatively develop a textually based story in a manner which is consistent with the original intention of the author. The homilies developed by Pr. Lange in this work are successful examples of this method.

Dr. Ronald Pascale
Adjunct Professor of Religious Studies
St. Norbert College
De Pere, WI

 
Telling the Old Old Story in a New Way?!  May 24, 2006
Pastor Lange has given pastors and contemporary listeners of sermons and Bible stories a much needed resource in his book. He writes, not only with a deep understanding of the narrative tradition of the Bible, but moves from the theological to the practical. This is not just a book that gives theoretical rationale and theological underpinnings for a recovery of a narrative approach of proclamation, but provides nuts-and-bolts advice and examples on how to do this kind of faithful storytelling in our parishes. As a parish pastor for twenty years, I have been disappointed more than once in a book or approach that promises much, but delivers little. I was not disappointed in this book and, I believe, you won't be either.
 
A New Time Old Time Challenge  May 18, 2006
Pr. Larry Lange has done us all a great service with his book: ReTelling The Story: Creatively Developing Biblical Story Sermons. Early Christian preaching certainly consisted primarily of biblical storytelling. Through the millenia, prodded by many cultural realities and the dominating impress of print culture we have developed many other forms of preaching. Quite often the biblical story gets reduced simply to its points, its information, its teaching. The story is lost.

In our current culture there are many factors at work which challenge the world of print. Electronic communication, the use of visual images and other realities create listeners who expect more than a few points from the biblical story. In many respects we can best address this culture through means of story telling. Lange wants us to communicate with contemporary folk by retelling Bible stories as the main project of our sermon. I am in full agreement with the thrust of his argument and the content of his book.

Lange has done us a great service by helping us understand how best to "retell the story" in the 21st Century. Do yourself a favor. Buy the book!

Dr. Richard A. Jensen
Carlson Professor of Homiletics, emeritus
Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
 

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