The teaching approach helps a person see how to use God’s Word to inform, motivate, edify and liberate. This purposeful style of teaching preaching lends itself to announcing God’s Word in ways that transform individuals so that they will transform society. As individuals and communities they will strive to participate in the kingdom of God on Earth.
This book is one example of the way God uses and affirms cultural diversity in the body of Christ. Cannon focuses on Isaac Clark’s mythology, message and motivation without the benefits of his oratorical and interpersonal skills. The book recreates the learning environment of the classroom. In other words, the book engages one thought in such a way that it allows the reader to learn how to tell God’s story in ways that are true to God’s Word.
If you are looking for a book that will refresh your memory of what your homiletics or preaching class was like, I encourage you to read Teaching Preaching, and be informed and transformed, and become more effective in the preaching effort. If you are not a preacher, this book will help you to learn the what, how and why of listening to a sermon.
The late Isaac R. Clark joined the faculty of the Interdenominational Theological Center in 1962 as professor of homiletics and director of field education. A lifelong member of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, he died in January 1990 at age 64.
Cannon, the Annie Scales Rogers Professor of Christian Ethics at Union Seminary-PSCE, is the author or editor of numerous articles and six books, including Katie’s Canon: Womanism and the Soul of the Black Community (1997) and Black Womanist Ethics (1988).