Theologies of the Gospel
One crucial intersection for any Homiletical Theology concerns a theology of the gospel. This theological topic is of interest not just to homileticians, but also theologians, Biblical scholars, and missiologists. The sampling of books and articles assembled in the bibliography below attend to matters such as defining the gospel, reflecting on the gospel in context, the relationship of gospel and culture, and the history of gospel reflection. For preachers, the gospel is important as a key lens for preaching—it helps preachers be good theologians as they work with different texts and in various kinds of situations. A theology of the gospel is essential for any preacher who is a theologian of the Word today. Theologies of the gospel bear witness to the pluralistic work being done on this topic across contexts.
Theologies of the Gospel Bibliography A-H
Allen, Ronald. Preaching and the Other: Studies of Postmodern Insights. St. Louis: Chalice, 2009.
Bartlett, David. What’s Good about This News: Preaching from the Gospels and Galatians. Louisville: WJKP, 2003.
Bond, L. Susan. Contemporary African American Preaching. St. Louis: Chalice, 2003.
N.B.: Bond’s book includes brief surveys of the theologies of the gospel of Samuel Proctor, Gardner Taylor, James Earl Massey, James Forbes, and Henry Mitchell .
Braaten, Carl E. That All May Believe: A Theology of the Gospel and the Mission of the Church. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2008.
Brokenleg, Martin. “A Native American Perspective: ‘That the People May Live.’” In Preaching Justice: Ethnic and Cultural Perspectives, 26-42. Ed. Christine Marie Smith. Cleveland, OH: United Church Press, 2008.
Brooks, Gennifer Benjamin. Good News Preaching: Offering the Gospel in Every Sermon. Cleveland: Pilgrim, 2009.
Brown, Teresa Fry. “A Womanist Model for Proclamation of the Good News,” in The African American Lectionary. Accessed November 2, 2012. http://www.theafricanamericanlectionary.org/pdf/preaching/WomanistPreaching_TeresaBrown.pdf
— and Robert Jenson. The Strange New Word of the Gospel : Re-evangelizing in the Postmodern World. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2002.
Buechner, Frederick. Telling the Truth: The Gospel as Tragedy, Comedy, and Fairy Tale. San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1977.
Capon, Robert Farrar. The Foolishness of Preaching: Proclaiming the Gospel against the Wisdom of the World. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1997.
Campbell, Charles L. and Cilliers Johan H. Preaching Fools: The Gospel as a Rhetoric of Folly. Waco: TX, Baylor University Press, 2012.
Dodd, C.H. The Apostolic Preaching and Its Developments. New York: Harper, 1936.
Dunn, James D. G. Jesus, Paul, and the Gospels. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2011.
Farley, Edward. Practicing Gospel: Unconventional Thoughts on the Church’s Ministry. Louisville, KY: WJK Press, 2003.
— and Tom Long, eds. Preaching As a Theological Task: World, Gospel, Scripture. Louisville: WJK Press, 1996.
Fernandez, Eleazar. “A Filipino Perspective: ‘Unfinished Dream’ in the Land of Promise.” In Preaching Justice: Ethnic and Cultural Perspectives, 62-79. Ed. Christine Marie Smith. Cleveland, OH: United Church Press, 2008.
Forde, Gerhard O. A More Radical Gospel: Essays on Eschatology, Authority, Atonement, and Ecumenism. Mark C. Mattes & Steven D. Paulson, eds.; Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2004.
Forell, George. The Proclamation of the Gospel in a Pluralistic World. Philadelphia: Fortress, 1973.
Hall, Douglas John. Waiting for Gospel: An Appeal to the Dispirited Remnants of Protestant Establishment. Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2012.
Harris, James. Liberation Preaching. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1995.
Theologies of the Gospel Bibliography I-O
Jacobsen, David Schnasa and Robert Kelly. Kairos Preaching: Speaking Gospel to the Situation. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2009.
Jeter, Joseph and Ronald Allen. One Gospel: Many Ears. St. Louis: Chalice, 2002.
Kay, James. Preaching and Theology. St. Louis: Chalice, 2007.
Kim, Eunjoo Mary. “A Korean-American Perspective: Singing a New Song in a Strange Land.” In Preaching Justice: Ethnic and Cultural Perspectives, 98-115. Ed. Christine Marie Smith. Cleveland, OH: United Church Press, 2008.
LaRue, Cleophus. The Heart of Black Preaching. Louisville, WJKP, 2000.
Lehmann, H. T. Heralds of the Gospel. Philadelphia: Muhlenburg, 1953.
Lischer, Richard. A Theology of Preaching: The Dynamics of the Gospel. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1981.
–. The End of Words. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2005.
Luther, Martin. “A Brief Instruction on What to Look For and Expect in the Gospels.” In Luther’s Works, Vol. 35, 117-123. Translated by E. Bachmann, edited by E. Bachmann and H. Lehmann. Philadelphia: Fortress, 1960.
Michaelson, Carl. “Communicating the Gospel.” Theology Today XIV:3 (October, 1957): 321-333.
–, ed. Theories of Preaching: Selected Readings in the Homiletical Tradition. Durham, NC: Labyrinth Press, 1987.
Newbigin, Lesslie. The Gospel in a Pluralistic Society. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans Press, 1989.
–. Truth to Tell: The Gospel as Public Truth. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans Press, 1991.
Theologies of the Gospel Bibliography P-Z
Pasquarello, Michael. John Wesley: A Preaching Life. Nashville: Abingdon, 2010.
Peterson, Brian K., ed. Proclaiming the Gospel: Preaching for the Life of the Church. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2009.
Pittenger, W. Norman. Preaching the Gospel. Wilton, CT: Morehouse-Barlow, 1984.
Resner, André. Living In-Between: Lament, Justice, and the Persistence of the Gospel. Eugene: OR, Wipe & Stock, 2015
Thomas, Frank. They Like to Never Quit Praisin’ God. Cleveland: Pilgrim, 1997.
Wesley, John. “Letter on Preaching Christ,” December 20, 1751. In The Works of the Rev. John Wesley, A.M., Vol. XI, 3rd ed., 480-86. London: John Mason, 1830.
Wilson, Paul Scott. The Practice of Preaching, rev. ed. Nashville: Abingdon, 2007.
—. Setting Words on Fire: Putting God at the Center of the Sermon. Nashville: Abingdon, 2008.
Wingren, Gustaf. Creation and Gospel: The New Situation in European Theology. New York: Edwin Mellen Press, 1979.