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Speaking The Truth: Preaching in a Pluralistic Culture [Paperback]

By Samuel Wells (Author)
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"Truth" is a difficult subject in this pluralistic culture, and "the truth" is even more troublesome. Speaking the truth from the pulpit can result in an invitation to speak it at your next church. Speaking it in the community can earn you the label of narrow, intolerant, or irrelevant. Yet the preacher's call is to be a speaker of truth-the truth of God in Jesus Christ. What does it take to speak the truth faithfully as a preacher of the gospel, and for that truth to be heard? You can assume the role of the angry prophet, starting every sentence with "Thus says the Lord" . . . and insure that your hearers push the "off" button in their heads within two minutes. Or you can become the pronouncer of soothing religious platitudes, and insure that nothing you say will ever have any impact on anyone's life. Or you can learn, as Samuel Wells has learned, that speaking the truth to a reluctant culture means telling the Christian story alongside the contemporary American story. It means helping your hearers perceive both the harmonies and the dissonance between the two. Finally it means inviting them, with both conviction and humility, to decide how their own story is going to be shaped by this truth. Wells shows all preachers how to remain true to their calling as speakers of truth, while being actually heard at the same time.

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Studio: Abingdon Press
Pages   196
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.9" Width: 5.9" Height: 0.7"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2008
Publisher   Abingdon Church Supplies
ISBN  0687646898  
ISBN13  9780687646890  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Samuel Wells was born in Canada, studied in Oxford, Edinburgh, and Durham, UK and spent fourteen years in parish ministry in the Church of England, mostly in socially deprived areas, before moving to North Carolina to be Dean of the Chapel at Duke University and Research Professor of Christian Ethics at Duke Divinity School. He has written several books in the field of theological ethics, including Transforming Fate into Destiny: The Theological Ethics of Stanley Hauerwas (2004), Improvisation and the Drama of Christian Ethics (2004) and Community-Led Estate Regeneration and the Local Church (2003). He co-edited with Stanley Hauerwas The Blackwell Companion to Christian Ethics (Blackwell, 2004).

Samuel Wells currently resides in Cambridge. Samuel Wells was born in 1965.

Samuel Wells has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Challenges in Contemporary Theology
  2. Resources for Reconciliation

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Sam Wells-Great Preacher!  Dec 18, 2009
Sam Wells has a calling to speak the truth; especially to intellectuals and this collection of sermons are the proof in the pudding! He has to be one of the best preachers I have heard, and I have heard a few, including Charles Spurgeon. He certainly is not PC and tackles many controversial subjects that all of us encounter in this pluralistic society we live in. I sure would hate to debate him! I only hope that his flock will let the words go down about 18", from the head, to the heart, which is the only place it will do any good. I would love to see him do a good, old-fashioned, altar call at Duke Chapel one Sunday.

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