Magazine article Sojourners Magazine

How to Proclaim Restoration

Magazine article Sojourners Magazine

How to Proclaim Restoration

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Missional Preaching: Engage, Embrace, Transform, by AI Tizon. Judson Press.

AL TIZON'S Missional Preaching, as one might expect, i de igned for those who proclaim the go pel. The text, moreover, should prove useful to homiletics professors, local mini terial groups, and church bodi s seeking to ncourage more reflctiv approaches to the craftof sermon-making. Tizon, an ordained minister in the Evangelical Covenant Church and profe - sor of evangelism and holistic ministry at Palmer Theological eminary, writes with lively prose, frequently deploying humor and hyperbole to complement biblical exposition and theological reflection.

For Tizon, missional conviction is about joining "God's mission to tran form the world, a the church trive in the pirit to be authentically relational, intellectually and theologically grounded, culturally and socio-economically diverse, and radically committed to both God and neighbor, especially the poor." Tizon's commitment to mission is both theological and autobiographical: The author spent nine year doing community development in the Philippines and currently erve a the director of the Word and Deed nehvork of Evangelicals for Social Action.

Structurally, Tizon begins with thr e chapters on missional theology, covering liturgy, biblical perspectives on mission, and the missio Dei (th mission of God). For Tizon, missio Dei signifies God's restorative purposes for the world, beginning with Israel and consummating in Christ. To complement the opening essays, each subsequent chapter pairs Tizon's reflection on a mi ional topic with a ermon on the ame ubject matter. In a particularly compelling chapter, the author' in ight on whole-life stewardship are concluded by a riveting homily from han Claiborne.

Tizon's work occupies a distinctive pace within the subgenre of thematic books on preaching. Most texts within the genre focu on the form or theology of preaching. Rarely does one find a volume that combines a theological treatment of preaching and well -executed sermons, intimating possible ways of-and compelling reasons for- constructing a missional sermon. …

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