Thomas E. Breidenthal
Bishop of Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio
Although a written text can never capture the moving energy of a sermon as it is delivered, this collection casts Oliver ODonovans consistently penetrating analysis at once morally challenging and pastorally sensitive into high relief. Whether he is marveling at the fall of the Berlin Wall or asking how we should seek Gods truth in the light of 9/11, exploring why marriage is honorable or urging us to invite Jesus into everything we do, ODonovan offers us beauty and clarity of expression, apt illustrations, and careful attention to the Bible passage at hand. His zeal for the gospel and his love of Scripture shine throughout.
Dean of the Chapel, Duke University
ODonovan brings faith to intellect and intellect to faith in characteristically meticulous style. Those who have found his more famous works a little daunting may confidently look to this volume for a direct and engaging introduction to his theology.
Senior Minister, First Congregational Church, UCC
Clear without being simple, these delicately crafted and nuanced sermons come as a welcome balm. . . . To a divided and rancorous church, ODonovan preaches a middle way of dignified civility. Against a backdrop of cultural name calling and hysteria, The Word in Small Boats is a quiet and timeless word of faith, written with grace and mercy.