Sacred Rhetoric

Preaching as a Theological and Pastoral Practice of the Church

By Michael Pasquarello III

Sacred Rhetoric

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  • ISBN: 9781620323342
  • Pages: 152
  • Publication Date: 6/1/2012
  • Retail Price: $19.00
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Web Price: $15.20

Sacred Rhetoric

Preaching as a Theological and Pastoral Practice of the Church

By Michael Pasquarello III

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  • ISBN: 9781620323342
  • Pages: 152
  • Publication Date: 6/1/2012
  • Retail Price: $19.00
Web Price: $15.20

About-

Modern approaches to preaching today are largely fixated on "how-to's"--how to make preaching more relevant, more interesting, more entertaining. Michael Pasquarello suggests that this fixation may stem from a preaching imagination more beholden to technical, scientific reason than theological wisdom. Rather than devising new techniques or strategies for effective speaking, Pasquarello offers something more salutary--portraits of ten exemplary preachers from the Christian tradition.

Included in Pasquarello's gallery are Augustine of Hippo, Gregory the Great, Benedict, Bernard of Clairvaux, Bonaventure, Thomas Aquinas, Erasmus, Hugh Latimer, Martin Luther, and John Calvin. These excellent preachers conceived of Christian speech as a unique theological practice learned through prayerful attention to the Bible and aimed at communion with God.

Sacred Rhetoric invites readers to join an extended conversation with the past in order to become faithful preachers of the gospel in a post-Christian society. Preachers, seminarians, and students of Christian history will find much to learn from Pasquarello's fresh perspective and passion for the past.

Endorsements & Reviews-

"Mike Pasquarello is concerned about the crisis in preaching. Refreshingly, he does not merely carp about the cancer and then suggest the application of rhetorical bandages. In this bold book he cuts to the core of the problem, demonstrating how theology and proclamation have been rent apart by centuries of modernistic habit. The conversation that Pasquarello initiates here does two things: it offers the reader historic models whose wisdom will inform and restore preaching to its theological home, and it establishes the author as a leading voice in postmodern homiletic thought."
--Clayton J. Schmit
Fuller Theological Seminary

Contributors-

Michael Pasquarello III

Bio(s)-

Michael Pasquarello III (PhD, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) is Granger E. and Anna A. Fisher Professor of Preaching at Asbury Theological Seminary. He is the author of Christian Preaching: A Trinitarian Theology of Proclamation.

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