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Igniting the Heart

Preaching and Imagination

Igniting the Heart

Preaching and Imagination

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Publisher: SCM Press
ISBN-13: 9780334053194
Published: 30/09/2015

It has been said that the day of the sermon is over. Kate Bruce argues that the day of the poorly conceived, ill prepared, dull, disconnected, boring, irrelevant, authoritarian, yawn-inducing, patronizing, pontificating, pointless and badly delivered sermon, is indeed over.

Imagination can help to engage the hearer in a sermon which seeks to evoke rather than to inform. Imagination frames how we see the world and ourselves in it. As such it has a vital role in how preachers see the preaching task itself, which in turn affects how we go about the task.

A theology of imagination is presented to demonstrate the central importance of imagination in the life of faith. Allied to this is an analysis of the sacramental nature of preaching and the role of imagination in enabling the 'aha, now I get it' moment of sacramental 'seeing-as'.

Connected to enabling new seeing, preaching in the lyrical voice is defined and discussed along with the importance of preachers shaping sermons for the ear.

Podcast: Jo Swinney in conversation with Kate Bruce for Preach magazine. 

Kate Bruce

Kate Bruce is Deputy Warden and Tutor in Homiletics at Cranmer Hall in Durham. She runs the popular Durham Preaching Conferences and is in demand as a preacher, teacher and retreat leader

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