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We Speak Because We Have First Been Spoken: A Grammar of the Preaching Life

Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. / 2009 / Paperback

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In this elegantly written and well researched book, We Speak Because We Have First been Spoken: A Grammar of the Preaching Life Michael Pasquarello shows that before we speak the Word of God in preaching and therefore participate in the divine witness to humanity of God's Word in Jesus Christ, we must be first formed into a life that reflects with integrity that relationship with the divine that we communicate. When we know God in this way, it inspires a personal love that in turn points us towards "loving contemplation" and "joyful proclamation" of God's word. This is what preaching was meant to be.

An excellent and refreshing book on preaching and the life that accompanies it. Pastors will enjoy its insight, and students will find how their life should reflect that of their savior.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 176
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0802829171
ISBN-13: 9780802829177
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What kind of Christian wisdom and character are required to hear and speak the Word of God with authenticity? How does the person of the preacher -- his or her spiritual life, moral formation, wisdom, and virtue -- affect the spoken sermon?

Following Augustine's assertion that the preacher must become "a living sermon" -- a person whose language and life are one with the truth of God incarnate in Christ -- Michael Pasquarello here puts forth a vision of preaching that is grounded in personal character, wisdom, judgment, and discernment. Pasquarello's holistic vision draws deeply from the Christian tradition, especially retrieving the wisdom of the great Dominican preacher Thomas Aquinas.

Distinctive for its expansive, interdisciplinary approach to preaching -- as opposed to the how-to, technique-driven programs prevalent today -- Pasquarello's We Speak Because We Have First Been Spoken deals with some of the most significant yet neglected concerns related to preaching and pastoral leadership in our time.

Author Bio

Michael Pasquarello III is the Granger E. and Anna A. Fisher Professor of Preaching at Asbury Theological Seminary. His many books on preaching include Sacred Rhetoric, Christian Preaching, and Gods Ploughman, Hugh Latimer: A Preaching Life.

Editorial Reviews

Thomas G. Long
— Candler School of Theology, Emory University
"Michael Pasquarello is one of today's most astute theological voices in homiletics, and in this fine volume he turns his probing intellect toward the life and character of preachers themselves. Drawing upon a remarkable array of witnesses, from Thomas Aquinas to Rowan Williams, from Dietrich Bonhoeffer to Ellen Charry, Pasquarello challenges all who preach to turn their gaze away from mere technique and pulpit strategy and toward the deeper call to the love of God and a holiness of life."

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