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Telling God's Story: Narrative Preaching for Christian Formation

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Here is Biblical narrative preaching that transforms. John W. Wright presents a new model of preaching that aims to connect the biblical text with a congregation so that they are formed into a true Christian community. Such formation calls for interpretative engagement with both the biblical narrative and the cultural narrative that shapes our society. Wright critically su ...more
Paperback, 166 pages
Published April 16th 2007 by IVP Academic
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M.G. Bianco
I feel like this was a book right up my alley. As soon as I heard about it, I ordered it and began reading it. I even set aside the four other books I was reading in order to focus on this one alone. Ultimately, it did not disappoint.

John W. Wright wants to move preachers from expositional preaching to narrative preaching. He's basically arguing that expositional preaching teaches us to assent to certain truths, truth claims, or even claims on behavior. Whereas narrative preaching is calling us
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PM Richard
The state of the American pulpit is in crisis. Furthermore, the foundational narrative of the American church, in which the pulpit arises out of, is also in crisis. As in the words of John Wright, the Biblical narrative of the church has been “Eclipsed” by an Americanized Christian narrative.

Wright discusses the eclipse of the Biblical narrative by taking the reader all the way back to the Puritan pulpit where the message of salvation, that once was framed within the context of creation, shifte
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Matt
The state of the American pulpit is in crisis. Furthermore, the foundational narrative of the American church, in which the pulpit arises out of, is also in crisis. As in the words of John Wright, the Biblical narrative of the church has been ���Eclipsed��� by an Americanized Christian narrative.

Wright discusses the eclipse of the Biblical narrative by taking the reader all the way back to the Puritan pulpit where the message of salvation, that once was framed within the context of creation, sh
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David Stutzman
Oct 20, 2007 David Stutzman marked it as to-read
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Preaching has largely ceased to incorporate individuals into the concerns created by the Christian Scriptures. Instead, preaching has become the application of individualistic, theraputic biblical language to contemporary concerns of disembodied calls to social justice. The church in North America has become adept at translating the Scriptures into the narratives that already shape the lives of believers and non-believers alike, By providing a private, theraputic, individualistic
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Sean
The book helpful points to the Big Christian story underpinning Small Christian story we preach every week. It focuses both on the individuals need and a vision for then kind of people we are looking to become.
Milton Moon Louie
Planning to preach? A book that gives you a view of what you purposes should be for congregational growth and health. Also he tells how to craft a sermon that would allow the Holy Spirit to "turn" the people in the direction God intended. B
Brandon
this was a very formative book for me as far as preaching goes. Loved the discussion on the art of turning.
Chris Schutte
Helpful book for preachers seeking to invite listeners into the biblical story
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John Wright (PhD, University of Notre Dame) is professor of theology and Christian Scriptures at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, California. He is also senior pastor of The Church of the Nazarene in San Diego and author of Telling God’s Story: Narrative Preaching for Christian Formation.
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