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Preaching from Memory to Hope

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In this compelling and hard-hitting book, respected preacher and teacher Thomas Long identifies and responds to what he sees as the most substantive theological forces and challenges facing preaching today. The issues, he says, are fourfold: the decline in the quality of narrative preaching and the need for its reinvigoration; the tendency of preachers to ignore God's ...more
Paperback, 170 pages
Published March 19th 2009 by Westminster John Knox Press
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Jun 29, 2015 Nick rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Main-line ministers
Recommended to Nick by: Dr. Ellsworth Kalas
Shelves: preaching, own
I liked this book in many ways. Long has good theology. He writes about interesting ideas related to preaching in today's pulpits. He is very learned, literary even. His writing is clear and artful enough.

But I am not really his intended audience. Long is writing to Main-line ministers. Occasionally he speaks to Evangelical churches, but mostly he deals with concerns related to Main-liners. For instance, he writes about neo-gnostics sitting in the pews who are reading the likes of Marcus Borg, J
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Feb 18, 2012 Chris Ruddell rated it did not like it
This was not that great of a book in my opinion. The first chapter was about how preaching is on the cusp of another paradigmatic shift, which really got my interest. It talked about how narrative preaching was about to change and a new form needed to take its place. Then the book went downhill. Half of the book is devoted to trashing Marcus Borg by calling him a neo-Gnostic. At the end of that discourse, Long acknowledges that he is not a Biblical scholar and that Borg would probably have a lot ...more
Jun 15, 2009 John rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Presbyterian ministers
Much of the book is a polemic against what Long believes are contemporary manifestations of gnosticism in the Church. He argues for a recovery of "eschatological preaching." Imagine a debate between Long and Marcus Borg, and watch the sparks fly!
Long's carefully connected thought process, powerful stories, and use of rich metaphor, are worth the price of the book. Another fine contribution to my ministry by my former preaching professor!
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Jan 24, 2016 Shawna Songer-Gaines rated it it was amazing
One of the best preaching books I've ever read. He engages all the classic homiletic texts with a tremendously prophetic voice in our current context. Wonderful.
Jun 29, 2010 TJ rated it liked it
Shelves: ministry
Good insight into the current prevalence of neo-Gnosticism and the pitfalls inherent. Also good insight into preaching
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May 29, 2012 Ferrell Foster rated it liked it
Long sets forth a compelling thesis regarding the need for more theological instruction in American preaching.
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May 18, 2013 Paul Canady rated it liked it
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parts were good. overall, meh.
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“The scriptures begin not with a set of principles or proverbs but with the voice of a narrator, a storyteller: “In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep” (Gen. 1:1–2), and they end with a worshipful cry for the story of God to move to its next, dramatic chapter: “Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!” (Rev. 22:20). The Bible contains diverse literary forms and genres, but they are all enclosed in a grand narrative parenthesis. To the eye of faith, to be human is to be a creature, and to be a creature is to be enmeshed in the story of creation. A major theme in the theology of baptism, to name another place of narrative investment, is that through baptism Christians are gathered up into the identity of Jesus Christ, which means at least in part that we now see our lives in the shape and pattern of the story of Jesus. Jesus is, as Hebrews puts it, the “pioneer and perfecter of our faith” (Heb. 12:2). He has blazed the trail ahead of us, and his story is now our story.” 0 likes
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