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In recent years the church has rediscovered the Psalter as a source of inspiration and language for the praise of God in worship. Yet, in spite of this fact, the Psalms are often neglected in preparing for one of the central acts of worship:preaching. Even among those whose preaching follows the lectionary--with its weekly visit to the Psalter--many preachers assume that other texts will lend themselves better to the task of preaching. J. Clinton McCann and James C. Howell propose to address this perception by demonstrating that the Psalms offer the preacher broad and rich possibilities for the congregation's engagement with Scripture in preaching. The book includes several sample sermons that will further clarify the author's points regarding the Psalms as a source for Christian preaching.
This book is designed to help preachers find and use the riches of the Psalms for preaching.
The authors address the perception that the Psalms often go neglected in preparing for one of the central acts of worship: preaching. McCann and Howell demonstrate that the Psalms offer the preacher broad, rich possibilities for the congregations engagement with the Scripture. Each chapter concludes with a brief sample.
James C. Howell is the senior pastor of Myers Park United Methodist Church in Charlotte, NC, and adjunct professor of preaching at Duke Divinity School. He is co-author of Preaching the Psalms (Abingdon, 2001) and author of The Beautiful Work of Learning to Pray (Abingdon, June 2003). He is also author of Servants, Misfits, and Martyrs and Yours are the Hands of Christ (Upper Room Books)
J. Clinton McCann, Jr., is Evangelical Professor of Biblical Interpretation at Eden Theological Seminary. An internationally recognized expert on the Psalms, his numerous publications include A Theological Introduction to the Book of Psalms: The Psalms as Torah and the Psalms commentary in The New Interpreters Bible (Vol. IV). An ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA), he served as consulting translator of the Psalms for the Common English Bible, and he has lectured or taught for church groups or academic settings in twenty-six states.