by Susan R. Andrews
CSS Publishing, Lima, Ohio. 164 pages
Susan Andrews is a skilled preacher who knows how to shape theology in the form of a sermon. In this collection of sermons from the Gospel of Luke, she focuses on the great themes of the Advent-Christmas- Epiphany season. Along with steady attention to the biblical text, her sharp images, storytelling and rhetorical flair come through in these sermons. The title of this book reflects her primary theological conviction that “God is most present in the flesh. God-with-skin-on is the only God who can really touch us.” Each of her sermons displays this incarnational theology whether she is talking about science, faith and intelligent design, or the necessity for repentance, or baptism, or the kind of anger that comes with faithful practice. The sermons are grounded in Scripture, which makes this a great book for an adult class that wants a new way of doing Bible study. One could read it as a daily devotion. Pastors will delight in these sermons that display what it means to preach the incarnation.