The Preacher as Liturgical Artist
Metaphor, Identity, and the Vicarious Humanity of Christ
Imprint: Cascade Books
"Johnson's work is one that retains the imperatives of substance and style in preaching without disconnecting preaching from the ingredient of imagination and simply relegating imagination to fantasy. This is an interdisciplinary contribution to the field of preaching that is not reluctant to engage titans of church history--Augustine and Barth--in a dialectical struggle to produce a strong case for the kind of preaching that is both aesthetic and functional. What God hath joined together let no one put asunder!"
--Robert Smith Jr., Samford University
"In an age taken up with technique, this study dwells on character. In an era given over to image, Johnson explores the spoken word. There's nothing wrong with preaching that a clear sense of identity, a clear understanding of role, a thorough theological grasp of Christianity as practical wisdom and thrilling news, and an artist's playfulness and imagination cannot put right. In this impressive and encouraging work, Johnson gives us hope in preaching, but more significantly, hope in the gospel."
--Sam Wells, St. Martin-in-the-Fields
"Johnson, who is a fine preacher, has written a fine book for the rest of us. The Preacher as Liturgical Artist is an astute, theologically informed look at the challenges and the opportunities of preaching in a postmodern context. Trygve shows how preaching is an art that is dependent upon the miraculous, gracious speaking of God. This book can help us preachers recover our theological nerve--and also the great joy of preaching."
--Will Willimon, Duke Divinity School
"Trygve Johnson is the campus minister whose college you hope your kid will choose. He is the wordsmith who will inspire the preacher, whom he doesn't make jealous. And with this book he shows he is a theologian with whom the church and the academy must reckon."
--Jason Byassee, Duke Divinity School