Christian Preaching: A Trinitarian Theology of Proclamation

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Christian Preaching: A Trinitarian Theology of Proclamation


Crawford, Nathan, Anglican Theological Review


Christian Preaching: A Trinitarian Theology of Proclamation. By Michael Pasquarello III. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Academic, 2007. 224 pp. $18.99 (paper).

In Christian Preaching, Michael Pasquarello attempts to address the problem of preaching in many contemporary Christian churches. Pasquarello sees the problem stemming from the fact that today churches (and, subsequently, pastors) are more interested in the number of people coming to church than they are in the message being preached in the church. Pasquarello believes this has resulted in the practice of reducing preaching to a set of forms and methods that get people in the doors. The ultimate result is that churches have forgotten their message and are now only interested in having large crowds.

As a counter to this, Pasquarello offers a theology of proclamation specifically based upon the Triune God. Pasquarello offers his theology by looking at how preaching is a practice, and specifically how this is a practice with multiple avenues: preaching is a practice of the theologian, the tradition, the church, the Scriptures, and the pastorate. He examines not only the location of preaching, but also how it is both a beautiful and a pilgrim practice. The goal of the text, then, seems to be twofold. First, Pasquarello argues that the pastor/preacher must be a person of wisdom and virtue and someone who is constantly cultivating these within the realm of the Christian tradition. Also, she must be a person who cultivates the intellectual and moral position that is necessary for thinking about God. Ultimately, then, the pastor is the one who unites wisdom, virtue, intellect, and morality in a proper way of speaking and thinking about God. …

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