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Graceful Speech: An Invitation to Preaching [Paperback]

By Lucy Lind Hogan (Author)
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In this introductory text, Lucy Lind Hogan helps the reader understand the theological task of becoming a preacher, the craft of writing the sermon, and the importance of communicating the gospel in the present world. In doing so, she creates a book that is more holistic than any other homiletics text currently on the market. Hogan begins with a theological rationale for preaching, which serves as a basis for understanding the identity of the preacher. She then explores the context for preaching, showing how to interpret a scriptural text, design a sermon, and use illustrations and examples. She also discusses preaching for special occasions, the use of different technologies in preaching, and the importance of delivery. The book includes questions for reflection.

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Studio: Westminster John Knox Press
Pages   209
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 6" Height: 7"
Weight:   0.76 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 23, 2009
Publisher   Westminster John Knox Press
ISBN  0664228771  
ISBN13  9780664228774  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Lucy Lind Hogan is Hugh LatimerElderdice Professor of Preaching and Worship at Wesley Theological Seminary inWashington, D. C. Ordained in theEpiscopal Church, Lucy has taught at Wesley since 1987. She received her M.Div. from Virginia Theological Seminary and her Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Communication from theUniversity of Maryland. Dr. Hogan is the past president of Societas Homiletica, the international homiletic society, and served as secretary of the North American Academy of Homiletics. Her books include Graceful Speech An Invitation to Preaching, Lenten Services, and a book she co-authored with Robert S. Reid, Connecting with the Congregation: Rhetoricand the Art of Preaching.

Lucy Lind Hogan was born in 1951.

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Holistic Approach to Preaching  Jan 3, 2007
Drawing from over twenty years of pastoral and teaching experience, Lucy Lind Hogan, invites the readers of Graceful Speech: An Invitation to Preaching to go deep into what it means to be a preacher. She asks that, as the "nuts and bolts" of preaching are being gathered, a theology in preaching be developed as well. Her holistic approach to preaching addresses what it means to be a preacher, all it requires to craft a sermon, and how to deliver the message to those who are listening. And she graciously reminds her readers that there are people who are in fact listening. She declares, "We have all been invited to join this great cloud of witnesses cheering on the people of God as they run the race set before them."

Other highlights of the book include questions at the end of each chapter that prompt critical thinking, important and necessary suggestions for developing the character for preaching, and a detailed walk through developing the sermon that offers a variety of resources and practical techniques. Understanding that this can be a lofty topic, Hogan, brings her readers back down to earth by offering her own experiences in dealing with the reality of juggling multiple life and job requirements and by using various cultural references; including examples of themes from children's stories to the dancing of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.

As a seminary student I found this book both encouraging and challenging. Hogan's personal writing style and deep look at what it takes to develop a sermon and be a virtuous preacher allowed me to truly understand the preacher as a whole person. In this vocation we are asked to be vessels of God's word and that requires us to take on the somewhat indefinite task of being righteous. Hogan offers wonderfully realistic guidelines on what it means to be an honorable person and a preacher of integrity.

I also enjoyed Hogan's reminder that we, as preachers, are one in a host of preachers who have come before us. Therefore studying their sermons is an enriching way to learn from past triumphs and failures. Finally, I appreciated her wise look at a preacher's listeners. She encourages preachers to understand their listeners through several means, including watching the response from the pulpit and taking in how they view you as a preacher. Hogan also recommends understanding what is going on in the lives of your congregants on personal, community, national, broader Church, and world levels.

In the capstone to Hogan's insightful "invitation to preaching" she notes several issues that are "challenging, pressing, and engaging in contemporary preaching." She asks us, as preachers' to not only address the present issues in preaching but also to look ahead to what the future may hold for this calling and vocation.

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