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The Present Preacher

The Present Preacher

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Publisher: Canterbury Press Norwich
ISBN: 9781786223869
Number of Pages: 192
Published: 10/09/2021
Width: 13.5 cm
Height: 21.6 cm

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Good preaching depends on being attentive - to God, to the Bible, to the congregation, to the context, to what influences and shapes the preacher. This practical, confidence-building guide is for all who want to develop their preaching by homing in on that which points to God in the now.

Encouraging preachers in the ways that will make authentic connections with others, it demonstrates that preaching in today's culture requires preachers to 'show up and be present, in person' rather than speak 'in role' or act as religious spokespersons who take no responsibility for their message.

Based on the authors' own training of ordinands, it offers:

* Insights on how to develop the habit of noticing God in the world;
* Strategies for opening up and finding fresh meaning in familiar Bible texts;
* Ways of understanding what influences your congregation and your own theology;
* Sample sermons that embody these principles.

Liz Shercliff, Matt Allen

Liz Shercliff is Director of Studies for Readers, Diocese of Chester and is the co-author (with Kate Bruce) of Out of the Shadows, author of Preaching Women and co-author (with Gary O'Neill) of Straw for Bricks (SCM Press). Matt Allen is Director of Training in the Diocese of Blackburn.

'Preachers from all traditions will find much of value here.' -- Church Times

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