Has God's narrative been usurped in American homiletics by an emphasis on "personal salvation" and the "mission of the nation-state"? Drawing on works by George Lindbeck and Hans Frei, Wright presents a preaching model that immerses the congregation in the biblical text so that they can become the living embodiment of the gospel in the world. 166 pages, softcover from InterVarsity.
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Date:March 1, 2010
Adam B.R. Clarke
The question of the book becomes: How do you move as a church from being therapy to individuals, but translate peoples lives into the biblical narrative to portray and live apart of the body of Christ? This book becomes more than a how-to of preaching, it becomes a life-changing calling for preachers to move their congregations into partakers of the biblical narrative. The movement starts by moving towards a tragedy, the tragedy of the cross. Tragedy brings enlightenment, understanding, a new narrative. Is that not what the cross accomplished? A brighter hope, a new horizon, and a new narrative to the lives of those partaking in it? I truly appreciate the fact that the author does go beyond providing the typical three-step solution, as he gives a whole chapters worth of hands-on teaching examples of how to turn your congregation toward a worldview that does not separate them from culture, but allows them to be visible witnesses through their newfound ability to have a worldview that is considered peculiar. In a strange way, this moves the congregation into the status-quo, allowing for their narrative to lie outside the lies they are fed everyday. As I finished the book, I began to see the point. The biblical narrative is not a how-to negotiate the so-called secular divide of personal life, or even how to live a cushy life. The biblical narrative is an awakening to become one of Gods elect, to witness his love, as a partaker of Gods creation and as a witness that may require an element of suffering. For me, this quote sums up the key focus of Wrights book:I strongly recommend this book to anyone that does any form of teaching within the church. It gives a great formative history of the decline of teaching within the church, but it also provides examples that can help turn a congregation into strong witnesses of Christs work. It may be heavy, but the rewards and resulting call to Gods story are well worth it.