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Conversations with Barth on Preaching

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One of today's greatest preacher-theologians engages one of the twentieth century's greatest teacher-theologians on the meaning of preaching.

Readers of William H. Willimon's many books have long found there the influence of Karl Barth, probably the most significant theologian of the twentieth century. In this new book Willimon explores that relationship explicitly by engag
Paperback, 324 pages
Published May 1st 2006 by Abingdon Press
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Aug 11, 2011 rated it liked it
I was destined to enjoy this book. Lets see: it was written by Will Willimon, a pastor, preacher, teacher, and person I admire and respect. His writings never fail to both challenge and encourage me in theory and praxis as both a church leader and a theologian who wishes to think worthily of God's revelation in Christ; and to do this for the benefit of the Church to the glory of God.

Second, it is about preaching and proclamation. As someone who steps into the pulpit from time to time, I know wha
Feb 14, 2013 rated it liked it
Instead of being some banal use of Barth for homiletical theory (Barth, thankfully, disavows subjectivity in his view of homiletics and therefore undercuts much of its present banality), this book is more or less an interesting survey of primary and secondary literature on Barth's theology as it has to do with the task of proclamation.

Willimon, though, offers the most bizarre critiques of Barth as not being sufficiently Barthian (basically, something like: 'where Barth goes wrong it is because
Oct 26, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: theology
Very dense reading...laborious at times, but a good understanding of Barth's views on preaching. This seems to contrast with Willimon's work in preaching, as Barth thought that we were powerless -- preaching only works when God decides to show up. We can do nothing to enhance it.
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Feb 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ministry, preaching
Much to digest here. I will be back again.
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The Reverend Dr. William H. Willimon is Professor of the Practice of Christian Ministry at the Divinity School, Duke University. He served eight years as Bishop of the North Alabama Conference of The United Methodist Church, where he led the 157,000 Methodists and 792 pastors in North Alabama. For twenty years prior to the episcopacy, he was Dean of the Chapel and Professor of Christian Ministry a ...more
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