As Walter Brueggeman puts it in the Foreword, Not often do preachers take up controversial issues and walk us into new freedom and new courage beyond our predilections . . . but this one does Not often is obedience cast in preaching as the good news of joy . . . but it happens here With wit and wisdom, Longacres sermons address current and tough issues of the faith--suffering, judgment, war, violence, family fights, and more. The sermons draw deeply from the poignant and pungent perspectives of the Scriptures. Breathing through these sermons is the updraft of the biblical message and its vision of salvation, compassion, and justice. Here are sermons that are much more than advice and counsel. These sermons draw the listener deeper into the meaning, joy, and even culture-subverting power of the faith.