Preaching as Theology
Here we think about preaching as the doing of theology itself, perhaps even viewing preparing for preaching as something akin to theological method. Here homileticians and theologians think about the venue of preaching itself, its sources and norms, its relation to traditions as well as contexts, and the role of the preacher as kind of resident theologian.
While this is one of the less developed intersections of preaching and theology, it is a uniquely promising one. It helps to lay an important groundwork for thinking about homiletical theology today. Below are some resources to help you think about preaching as theology.
Preaching as Theology Bibliography A-H
Achtemeier, Elizabeth. Preaching as Theology and Art. Nashville: Abingdon, 1984.
Allen, Ronald, Barbara Shires Blaisdell and Scott Black Johnston. Theology for Preaching: Authority, Truth and Knowledge of God in a Postmodern Ethos. Nashville: Abingdon, 1997.
—. Preaching: An Essential Guide. Nashville: Abingdon, 2002.
—. Thinking Theologically: The Preacher as Theologian. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2008.
Browne, R. E. C. The Ministry of the Word. Philadelphia: Fortress, 1976.
Cooper, Burton and, John McClure. Claiming Theology in the Pulpit. Louisville: WJKP, 2003.
Florence, Anna Carter. Preaching as Testimony. Louisville: WJKP, 2007.
Forde, Gerhard. Theology is for Proclamation. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1990.
Harris, James. Preaching Liberation. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1995.
Heille, Gregory, O.P. “Make the Scriptures Relevant.” In Theology of Preaching: Essays on Vision and Mission in the Pulpit, 9-22. Edited by G. Heille. London: Melisende, 2001.
Hogan, Lucy Lind. “Graceful Speech: Christian Communication.” In Graceful Speech: An Invitation to Preaching. Louisville: WJKP, 2006.
Preaching as Theology Bibliography I-Z
Pasquarello, Michael. We Speak Because We Have Been Spoken: A Grammar of the Preaching Life. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2009.
Resner, André , Jr. Preacher and Cross: Person and Message in Theology and Rhetoric. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishers, 1999.
Rice, Charles. Interpretation and Imagination: The Preacher and Contemporary Literature. Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1970.
Smith, Christine. Preaching as Weeping, Confession, and Resistance. Louisville: WJKP, 1992.
—. Risking the Terror: Resurrection in this Life. Cleveland: Pilgrim, 2001.