The Early Preaching of Karl Barth: Fourteen Sermons with Commentary  -     By: Karl Barth, William H. Willimon
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Westminster John Knox Press / 2009 / Paperback

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WJK is proud to present this special collection of fourteen of Karl Barth's World War I-era sermons- the only English language collection of Barth sermons preached between 1917 and 1920 when he was a parish pastor in Safenwil, Switzerland. This volume offers a fascinating glimpse into Barth's interpretation of Scripture during a time of great historical significance. Renowned preacher William H. Willimon provides expert commentary on the theological and homiletical substance of each selection and points to the many ways in which Barth's early preaching can enrich the work of preachers today.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 176
Vendor: Westminster John Knox Press
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0664233678
ISBN-13: 9780664233679
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Westminster John Knox Press is proud to present this special collection of fourteen of Karl Barth's World War I-era sermons--the only English language collection of Barth's sermons preached between 1917 and 1920 when he was a parish pastor in Safenwil, Switzerland. This volume offers a fascinating glimpse into Barth's interpretation of Scripture during a time of great historical significance.

Renowned preacher William H. Willimon provides expert commentary on the theological and homiletical substance of each selection and points to the many ways in which Barth's early preaching can enrich the work of preachers today.

Author Bio

Karl Barth (1886-1968) was Professor of Theology at the University of Basel, Switzerland. One of the greatest theologians and preachers of the twentieth century, he is best known for his monumental systematic theology, Church Dogmatics. William H. Willimon is the Presiding Bishop of the Birmingham Area of the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church. Recognized as one of the most effective preachers in the English-speaking world, he is the author of several books, including United Methodist Beliefs: A Brief Introduction and The Early Preaching of Karl Barth, both published by WJK.

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  1. Bob
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Worthwhile read.
    July 26, 2014
    Bob
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Perhaps no minister would like a book of sermons from his early years published. However one can clearly see the development in his preaching which shows his attempt to move from the idealism in theology of his time to a more biblically based position. He did arrive as one of the most important theologians of the last century. In a period that shattered European idealistic theology Barth offers a theological alternative to hold onto. No theology is perfect for it is man's attempt to make sense of the current world from a biblical perspective. These sermons offer hope to new ministers that each sermon helps you grow into a more developed minister and theologian. Someone this century will become the theologian that the next must study and by God's grace he too will test his wings maybe uneasily but grow in stature. A read well worth the time.
  2. Bryan Leed
    1 Stars Out Of 5
    Kooky Sermons by a Kooky Theologian
    March 28, 2013
    Bryan Leed
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    As a conservative Christian and Bible-believer, I was quite disappointed by this book. Karl Barth gets surprisingly high praise from some, but this book does not deserve high praise.

    These sermons seem to be very self-indulgent and kooky. For example, in the first sermon, on Mark 10:46-52, which says "a blind beggar was sitting by the roadside." Karl Barth spends most of his sermon stuck on comparing this phrase to the condition of all humanity, without much Biblical support. Barth just freestyles about his own thoughts for most of the sermon. We get treated to the words of Barth, instead of learning about the Word of God.

    In Barth's sermon on Acts 2:1-4, he says, "We have prayed and found God, and yet really not found God, for what we have found was at best a new knowledge of God." There are a lot similarly confusing, unhelpful statements in these sermons. Barth is not helping anyone understand what the Bible says, in my opinion.

    Karl Barth's sermon on Romans 12:1-2, seemed like his most normal, useful sermon in this book. Then the editor, William H. Willimon, begins his Comments saying, "This sermon just doesn't work as a sermon."

    Some say Karl Barth is awful for helping to understand the Word of God, others think he is a genius who has discovered that we cannot understand God. If you want to understand the Word of God, I would suggest other commentators, like John MacArthur or H. A. Ironside, who are very good for folks who want to know and understand God. Karl Barth is only good for folks who say we cannot know God. Jesus says, "My sheep hear my voice and know me."
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