Academic journal article Anglican Theological Review

The Word Made Plain: The Power and Promise of Preaching

Academic journal article Anglican Theological Review

The Word Made Plain: The Power and Promise of Preaching

Article excerpt

The Word Made Plain: The Power and Promise of Preaching. By James Henry Harris. Minneapolis, Minn.: Fortress Press, 2004. 160 pp. $17.00 (paper).

This book succeeds in its task of explaining why homiletics is an important part of African American spirituality. Harris provides powerful insight about the perspective and hermeneutic of Black preaching as being always focused on the balance between the self and the community. In addition to providing such insight, his writing is deeply engaging. In his chapters, he outlines the roots of Black preaching, provides examples of noted practitioners, explains the interpretive practice of Black preaching, displays the aesthetic dimension of some great preachers, and lays out the process of sermon development.

Such a book may be most valuable to the practitioner of preaching. When reading this book, such a person will naturally identify with the struggles to prepare sermons and the spiritual practices needed to allow God to speak to individuals and communities despite such struggles with the preacher's own self-esteem. Harris encourages the reader not to worry about the dynamic of struggle in preaching. It is from dynamic struggle that God's voice is heard more clearly. As a result, it is not by accident that Black preaching is dynamic. Such call and response, and such cadence and participatory preaching happen intentionally to make a suffering people rise above and beyond affliction. Harris states, "This constant struggle, while not unique to African Americans, is emblematically captured in Black church history" (p. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.