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A Cross-Shattered Church: Reclaiming the Theological Heart of Preaching

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Shows how the sermon is the best context for doing good theology. This book includes seventeen sermons preached by the author, which he considers his best theological work and hopes to exemplify the work of theology. The sermons are divided into four sections: seeing, saying, living, and events.
Paperback, 160 pages
Published July 1st 2009 by Brazos Press
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Brandon Haan
Here's a reflection I wrote on this book for a class I took:

I don’t know what it is about him, but I really like Stanley Hauerwas. Maybe it’s the fact that, as a Texas native, he’s brash, blunt, and honest—qualities that I respect in others. Or maybe it’s the fact that in his work as a Christian ethicist and theologian he prophetically and unapologetically issues a timely kingdom challenge to the “comforts” of this world. Whatever it is (and I’m pretty sure it’s more the latter option than the
This was the first book by Hauerwas I read. Being a collection of sermons rather than one coherent book made for a varied experience. Some of the sermons were excellent, particularly those dealing with the realities of death, family and community. Others were rather mediocre. I found his need to tie his pacifist position into sermons and texts having nothing to do with the topic slightly annoying, but forgivable. In short, I don't regret reading it and really did appreciate some of the insights. ...more
Timothy Colegrove
Hauerwas is a great theologian, but not much of a preacher. His homiletical work is far too dense and esoteric for the average congregation.
Dean P.
This is essentially a self-edited collection of Hauerwas' best sermons. In it, Hauerwas discusses the importance of theology in the pulpit and approaches the Lord's Table week after week. It's a good collection, as it reflects how Hauerwas "does theology" and tries to reflect his approach to letting the Scriptures speak for themselves and not implementing a "point."
I greatly appreciate Stanley Hauerwas's work, and his wonderful voice comes through again in this collection. This book is actually a collection of sermons rather than academic pieces. A good intro to many of his themes.
Mooie bijbelteksten, wel wat interessante dingen uit over geschreven, maar het grootste gedeelte is niet echt blijven hangen.
DJ Seifert
Sermons by Hauerwas demonstrating what is at the center of the heart and work of this theologian.
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Stanley Hauerwas (PhD, Yale University) is the Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. He is the author of numerous books, including Cross-Shattered Christ, A Cross-Shattered Church, War and the American Difference, and Matthew in the Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible.

America's Best Theologian according to Time Magazine (2001), though

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