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  • Preaching Hosea Amos And Micah


    Lucas Park Books
    Although the minor prophets are most closely associated with issues of social justice, Charles Aaron demonstrates that they address many kinds of issues facing today’s Christians, including modern-day idolatry, pastoral care, intercession, evangelism, and christology. For each of these three prophets, Aaron provides a brief introduction designed to help the preacher get into the books quickly. He explores selected texts, providing a detailed exegesis and discussion of the problems and possibilities in preaching from the text, the use of metaphors by the prophets, and how the final redaction of the books influence our theology and preaching. For each text discussed Aaron offers at least two sermons, one preached by Aaron and the other or others from pastors and professors from the United States and Canada. Contributors are Timothy K. Bruster, Page L. D. Creach, Ann I. Hoch, Virgil P. Howard, David Schnasa Jacobsen, Alyce M. McKenzie, A. Carter Shelley, and William C. Turner.

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  • Your Faith Has Made You Well Cycle B


    This is an admirable example of pastoral theology at its best. Aaron’s discussions of the historical background and theological significance of each text are thoroughly informed and articulate. Equally helpful are the insights he brings to the understanding of the pastoral implications of each text and the strategies appropriate to preaching the text. This book proves that some of the best biblical theology for pastors can be written by a pastor.

    David Bartlett

    Lantz Professor of Preaching

    Yale University Divinity School

    The moving accounts of Jesus’ astonishing power to cast out demons and heal physical ailments are singularly compelling preaching texts with rich possibilities for proclamation — they have much to teach us about God’s grace and the ministry of the church, as well as the spiritual dimension of evil. But these passages are also fraught with homiletic peril, presenting preachers with a tangle of problems and conflicting beliefs. In light of modern scientific knowledge and technological sophistication, some Christians question if these miracles really occurred. Others wonder why only some people experience such healings, and there is a temptation to simplistically equate lack of healing with lack of faith. Should we expect similar miracles today? What is the link between faith and wellness? And most important of all, what do these strange yet fascinating stories mean for us today?

    Your Faith Has Made You Well helps preachers negotiate this minefield with a detailed exploration of eleven miracle narratives appearing in Cycle B of the Revised Common Lectionary. It’s packed with stimulating ideas and illustrations for developing dynamic sermons, including a supplemental chapter with numerous examples of contemporary miracles and healings. Each miracle is examined from several perspectives to produce a holistic understanding:

    ? historical background — What Old Testament narratives or ideas are reflected in the story? What do we know about the understanding of medicine and health in Jesus’ time?

    ? literary analysis — How does the plot unfold? How are the characters developed? What literary devices are employed?

    ? theological reflection — What does the text affirm or imply about God, creation, the ministry of Christ, salvation, and the meaning of evil? What does it teach us about faith, the Christian life, and the mission of the church?

    ? pastoral reading — What insight does the text give us about the human condition

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