Greetings From the Editor
March 9, 2016 – 10:39 pm | No Comment

by Jin Hee Han

Our spring issue of 2016 compels us to re-start our New Year with a reflection on creation. The theme has inspired poets and preachers, as well as the ancient rabbis who gave the theme the prestigious place at the beginning of the Bible. According to a legend, the book of Job was a contender as the head of the Bible, but the sages agreed that the story of the Bible should begin with creation, not with suffering. Firmly grounded in this tradition, many of our authors direct us to the first part of the book of Genesis.

In this issue on creation, we encounter voices that challenge us to learn to value the life of the oppressed for whom God cares. They tell us that God has created human beings in God’s own image, and that every person helps us see God in all spectrums of colors and physical manifestations.

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The Spirit and Proclamation: A Pneumatological Theology of Preaching. Part I
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The Spirit and Proclamation: A Pneumatological Theology of Preaching. Part I

by Amos Yong

This article is divided into three consecutive parts: The intuition behind this essay is that the dynamic character of Christian preaching should be explicated theologically in terms of its orality and ontologically in terms of its audibility. We will explore the orality of preaching and do so in conversation with the oral culture of Pentecostalism.

Orality and the Sound of the Spirit: Intoning an Acoustemological Pneumatology. Part II
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Orality and the Sound of the Spirit: Intoning an Acoustemological Pneumatology. Part II

by Amos Yong

In order to probe deeper into the implications of orality for a theology of preaching, the author expands the field of analysis to include both the nature of speaking vis-à-vis vocalization and the nature of hearing in relationship to sound.

Proclamation in/of the Spirit: Toward a Pneumatological Theology of Preaching. Part III
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Proclamation in/of the Spirit: Toward a Pneumatological Theology of Preaching. Part III

by Amos Yong

A pneumatological theology of preaching connects the past to the present through the biblical witness. Chronologically, we might say that we have three sets of events: those behind the biblical text; those constituting the scriptural witness; and those in front of the text, receptors of its legacy and message.

Book Review: Embodying Grace: Proclaiming Justification in the Real World
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Book Review: Embodying Grace: Proclaiming Justification in the Real World

by Neal Presa

As a volume written from and for Global North contexts, Bieler and Gutmann call preachers to synchronic the “how” (form) and the “what” (content) of preaching to the “life-worlds” of parishioners, specifically, and the human family, more broadly.

Bible and Secular Quotes Concerning Transformation
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Bible and Secular Quotes Concerning Transformation

by Darla Turlington

Sometimes a Biblical or other quote may come in handy to help a preacher strengthen a point within a sermon or the point of the sermon itself. Our compiler has delivered an interesting potpourri of temptation-apt quotes for our readers.

Letter from the Editor-in-Chief
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Letter from the Editor-in-Chief

by Jin Hee Han

Easter confirms the promise of transformation (metamorphosis). Nature has been transformed, and hope is renewed. Our preachers and theologians in this issue call upon us to dare to hope and pursue the path of transformation with a note that our posture is more of a receiver than of a maker of the change.

Bridges and Doors
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Bridges and Doors

by Dale T. Irvin

Citing the work of George Simmel, one of the founders of modern sociology, the author leads us from the simple concepts of doors as either entrances or barriers that firm up separations to bridges as building connections among people, churches, and denominations. The point readers are swept along to see reflects the need for openness and welcoming in their quest to serve God.

When White People Preach about Race
February 16, 2015 – 2:44 pm | 2 Comments
When White People Preach about Race

by Donna Schaper

This instructive, insightful article is by a senior pastor who has dealt with interracial matters for much of her life. Unafraid to address both the pitfalls and the successes of speaking about race from the pulpit, she offers sage advice as she recounts personal experiences and opinions that pastors may find useful in their own ministries.

An Invitation to Multi-Cultural Ministry
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An Invitation to Multi-Cultural Ministry

by Keith Russell

When a congregation is short on funds, there may be a temptation to rent the Sanctuary and/or spaces to another church group. The author offers alternative ideas for growing a church that avoids the possible pitfalls of rentals and yet creates opportunities for new worship experiences with their own rewards.

Building Bridges in New York City: Starting With Churches
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Building Bridges in New York City: Starting With Churches

by Moses O. Biney

This powerful article is based on a project with theological, ethical, and sociological underpinnings that successfully explored new ways of engaging ecumenical relationships and fostering congregational inclusiveness. It can be eye-opening and offers useful insights for those who live in divided neighborhoods and larger areas—all of us.

Nothing Happens on a Subway
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Nothing Happens on a Subway

by Jerry Reisig

The author shares his experiences while riding the subway to and from work every day as to the valuable and useful insights he gained concerning race relations, raising self-awareness, as well as observing others who share space while hitchhiking cross country and traveling under diverse neighborhoods across the city.

Multi-Cultural Ministry: A Model for Cooperation
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Multi-Cultural Ministry: A Model for Cooperation

by Ernest H. Jones

In his argument for choosing cooperation as a useful way to build and expand a ministry, Jones delves into a theory by author Alfie Kohn whose thesis was that competition is not innate or organic but often a failing strategy. Using cooperation as a tactic was Paul’s successful way of expanding Christ’s ministry.