LISTENING AT GOLGOTHA. By Peter Storey. Upper Room Bks. 2004. 96p. $10.00. (0-8358-9884-9). Pb.
Featuring original charcoal illustrations by Jan Richardson, each of the seven chapters has a meditation, reflective guidance, and a prayer.
WERE YOU THERE? FINDING OURSELVES AT THE FOOT OF THE CROSS. By Erik Kolbell. Westminster John Knox. 2005. 176p. $14.95. 0-664-22778-3). Pb.
Kolbell shows us that in the Passion of Jesus we hear the story of one person but the echoes of many. He highlights the other characters who were present, helping us to discover much about ourselves.
NEW PROCLAMATION: YEAR A. Easter through Pentecost. Ed. By Harold Rast. Fortress Press. 2005. 295p. (0-8006-4252-X). Pb.
This latest volume in the NEW PROCLAMATION series offers first-class exegesis and homiletical advice as well as important observations about the liturgical season and setting. It includes references to culture, media, and contemporary events with practical suggestions for incorporating these into sermons. The authors are: Barbara Rossing, John Pilch, Deirdre Good, and Robert Kysar.
TEXTS FOR PREACHING – YEAR A. By Walter Brueggemann, Charles Cousar, Beverly Gaventa, and James Newsome. Westminster John Knox. 1995. 589p. $34.95. (0-664-21927-6).
This comprehensive resource deals with lectionary texts for Year A. Each of the four texts for each Sunday and important festival day, including Christmas, Ash Wednesday, and Good Friday, are treated. A brief introduction for the day indicates the general thrust of the texts and the relationships among them, emphasizing the interpretation of the texts themselves.
TEARS OF SADNESS, TEARS OF GLADNESS. By Albert Butzer, III. 2001. CSS Pub. 113p. (0-7880-1823-X). Pb.
This Presbyterian preacher offers gospel sermons for Lent and Easter, Year A. In his sermons he brings together several elements: biblical text, theological tradition, life of the world, life and experience of a particular congregation, and faith and experience of the preacher.
KNEELING IN JERUSALEM. By Ann Weems. Westminster John Knox. 1992. 96p. $17.95. (0-664-21972-1).
Weems, our Presbyterian Poet Laureate, brings together in this small classic book of poetry her memories of childhood and Easter, of Lent and the church, of Holy Week and the Resurrection.
THE SEEDS OF HEAVEN: SERMONS ON THE GOSPEL OF MATTHEW. By Barbara Brown Taylor. 2004. Westminster John Knox. 128p. $14.95. (0-664-22886-0). Pb.
This collection of sermons by well-known preacher Barbara Taylor will help jumpstart preachers as they prepare to preach on Matthew. Each of the fifteen sermons are based on a reading from Matthew.
RESOURCES FOR PREACHING AND WORSHIP, YEAR A. Edited by Hannah Ward and Jennifer Wild. 2004. Westminster John Knox. 320 p. $29.95. (0-664-22507-1).
This helpful resource weaves together a rich array of quotations, meditations, poems, and prayers. Using material from both classic and contemporary spiritual writings, it complements the lectionary readings for Sunday and important festival days in the church’s year. It includes biblical and thematic indexes.
THE CROSS IN OUR CONTEXT: JESUS AND THE SUFFERING WORLD. By Douglas John Hall. Fortress. 2003. 274p. (0-8006-3581-7). Pb.
In many ways, this book is a one-volume digest of Hall’s 3-volume work on ‘Christian Theology in a North American Context”. It incorporates the major motifs and emphases of the trilogy, along with a table giving the appropriate references in the trilogy. Hall discusses the essentials – understandings of God, Christ, humankind, church and world.
WHY JESUS DIED. By Gerard Sloyan. Fortress. 2004. 160p. (0-8006-3693-7). Pb.
In this recent edition of the Facet series, biblical scholar Sloyan discusses: how Jesus died, who was responsible, how his death came to be seen as redemptive, and how his death figured in the rise of anti-Jewish sentiment. (See also, Sloyans THE CRUCIFIXION OF JESUS and Martin Hengel’s CRUCIFIXION).
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