Let Wonder be Reborn: Creating Sermons on Hymns, Music, and Poetry

Hardcover | July 22, 2010

byThomas Troeger

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This book explores an issue at the nerve of the long term health of all churches: how godly wonder can be reborn through renewed attention to the place of beauty in preaching and worship. The book opens with an exploration of the theological and cultural difficulties of defining beauty. It traces the church's historical ambivalence about beauty and art, and how in our own day the concept of beauty has been commercialized and degraded. Troeger develops a theologically informedaesthetic that provides a counter cultural vision of beauty flowing from the love of God. The book then demonstrates how preachers can reclaim the place of beauty in preaching and worship. Chapter two employs the concept of midrash to mine the history of congregational song as a resource for sermons. Chapter three introduces methods from musicology for creating sermons on instrumentaland choral works and for integrating word and music more effectively. Chapter four explores how the close relationship between poetry and prayer can stir the homiletical imagination. Each of these chapters includes a selection of the author's sermons illustrating how preachers can use these variedart forms to open a congregation to the beauty of God.A final chapter recounts the responses of congregation members to whom the sermons were delivered. It uses the insights gained from those experiences to affirm how the human heart hungers for a vision of wonder and beauty that empowers people to live more faithfully in the world.

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This book explores an issue at the nerve of the long term health of all churches: how godly wonder can be reborn through renewed attention to the place of beauty in preaching and worship. The book opens with an exploration of the theological and cultural difficulties of defining beauty. It traces the church's historical ambivalence...

Thomas Troeger is J. Edward and Ruth Cox Lantz Professor of Christian Communication at Yale University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.98 inPublished:July 22, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195398882

ISBN - 13:9780195398885

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AcknowledgementsIntroduction1. The place of beauty in preaching2. To make the wounded whole: preaching on hymns3. Hear how the whole creation longs: preaching on music4. Quick- eyed love draws near: preaching on poetry5. Wonder reborn through beautyBibliographyIndex