Preaching and Professing: Sermons by a Teacher Seeking to Proclaim the Gospel  -     By: Ralph C. Wood
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In this unique collection of sermons addressed to both laypeople and clergy, Ralph C. Wood seeks to make the gospel relevant to our most difficult moral and theological questions. By doing so, Wood hopes to enable all Christians to live more faithfully according to the doctrines and practices of Christ's church.Rather than asking how we can arrive in heaven, these sermons testify to the Kingdom of God not only as our post-earthly hope, but also as our present-world existence. Each sermon wrestles with matters central to living as a Christian in modern culture, including the scandal of the gospel, the centrality of suffering and service, war, abortion, injustice, the abuse of the elderly, and the reality of death.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 296
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 2009
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ISBN: 0802864465
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Publisher's Description

Testifies to the presence of God as both our post-earthly hope and our present-world existence.

These thought-provoking sermons by Ralph Wood, a layman who has taught religion and literature for many years, seek to till new soil in the fertile field of Christian faith and life. They draw on a wide range of reading not only in Christian theology but also in both classical and contemporary literature and culture. And they also mine Wood's own professorial and personal experience in dealing with both the old and the young amid "the chances and changes of life." 

Wood squarely engages the American "culture of death" by wrestling with such vexing questions as sexuality and marriage, war and peace, abortion, racial injustice, and abuse of the elderly. By grounding his homilies in specific times, places, and quandaries, Wood demonstrates that Christianity remains a vigorous set of doctrines and morals precisely as preaching and ethics give shape to our worship and living in the here and now. Focusing not so much on our "getting to heaven," Wood's Preaching and Professing shows concretely how the gospel "gets heaven into us."

Author Bio

University Professor of Theology and Literature at Baylor University, Waco, Texas. He serves as an editor-at-large for the Christian Century and as a member of the editorial board for the Flannery OConnor Review. His other books include The Comedy of Red

Author Bio

Ralph C. Wood is University Professor of Theology and Literature at Baylor University. His other books include The Comedy of Redemption, Contending for the Faith, and Flannery O’Connor and the Christ-Haunted South.

Publisher Description

In this unique collection of sermons addressed to both laypeople and clergy, Ralph C. Wood seeks to proclaim the gospel as it deals with our most difficult moral and theological questions in order to enable us all to live more faithfully according to the doctrines and practices of Christ’s church.

Rather than focused on getting to heaven, these sermons are structured to testify to the kingdom of God not only as our post-earthly hope but also as our present-world existence. Each sermon wrestles with matters central to living as a Christian in modern culture, including the scandal of the gospel, the centrality of suffering and service, war, abortion, racial injustice, the abuse of the elderly, and the reality of death.

Wood grapples with these issues in a singular way, informed by a widerange of reading not only in Christian theology but also in both classical and contemporary literature and culture. By rooting his homilies in specific times, places, and quandaries, he demonstrates that Christianity remains a vigorous set of doctrines and morals precisely as our preaching and ethics give shape to our worship and living.

Editorial Reviews

Vigen Guroian, University of Virginia
"What makes these sermons so intellectually rich and religiously moving is that Ralph Wood is both an accomplished scholar and an inspired interpreter of Scripture. His Preaching and Professing is a veritable feast of wisdom for our spiritually starved times."

Kyle Childress, Austin Heights Baptist Church, Nacogdoches, Texas
"Flannery O'Connor, speaking of Karl Barth, once said, 'I like old Karl because he throws the furniture around.' In these sermons Ralph Wood throws the furniture around. But he does so beautifully, with candor, humor, and even tenderness. More than anything these sermons are theologically and biblically grounded in the gospel of Jesus Christ."

Kenneth H. Carter Jr., Providence United Methodist Church, Charlotte, North Carolina
"The voice of a master teacher comes through clearly in these pages. . . Those who have known Ralph Wood primarily as an interpreter of the Christian classics will discover the voice of a preacher as well. Wood has learned from a particular congregation of literary pilgrims over the last century — Flannery O'Connor, Walker Percy, P. D. James, C. S. Lewis — that there is always something 'at stake,' and his collection of sermons displays this same profession of faith: the Lord of life is always with us and for us, even in the midst of death."

R. Leigh Spruill, St. George's Episcopal Church, Nashville, Tennessee
"As with any good preacher, Wood unfailingly directs his hearers to the Good News of Jesus Christ throughout this diverse collection of sermons. . . Behind his critique of the human condition are Wood's wry humor, deep immersion in Holy Scripture, and poignant reflections on the incredible love of a God who would die to save the likes of us."

Thomas W. Currie, Union PSCE at Charlotte
"In this book Ralph Wood, a layman and teacher of literature, preaches and, by professing the faith in such a lively and life-giving way, reminds us what preaching can be and why this task is so crucial for the church's life and mission in the world. . . Those who preach or who care about preaching will feast on the words and the Word found in this volume."

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