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Testimony: Talking Ourselves into Being Christian
John Wiley & Sons / 2004 / Hardcover
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1 Peter 3:15 says that every believer should be ready to give an account of his faith to anybody who asks. Long, a recognized expert on preaching, analyzes in depth how Christians can use the language of everyday speech to witness creatively to the power of Christ in their lives. 224 pages, hardcover. Jossey-Bass.
In this groundbreaking book, Thomas G. Long—a theologian and respected authority on preaching—explores how Christians talk when they are not in church. Testimony breaks the stained-glass image of religious language to show how ordinary talking in our everyday lives talk across the backyard fence, talk with our kids, talk about politics and the events of the daycan be sacred speech. In a world of spin, slick marketing, mindless chatter, and easy deceptions, Testimony shows that the hunger for truthful, meaningful, and compassionate speech is ultimately grounded in truth about God.
Thomas G. Long is Bandy Professor of Preaching, Candler School of Theology, Emory University. He is a former pastor and associate editor of the Journal for Preachers. Long is the author of fourteen books.
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