Missional Preaching
Format: Paperback
Book Code: J177
Pages: 192
Size: 5" x 8"
ISBN: 9780817017040
PubDate: 2012
Publisher: JUDSON PRESS

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Table of Contents, Foreword, Preface and Introduction

Preaching for Justice and Reconciliation (adapted from Missional Preaching)

Pastor, professor, and missionary Al Tizon introduces the essentials of missional preaching and then offers chapters grounded in biblical themes for mission, including:

  • Alternative Community
  • Holistic Transformation
  • Justice and Reconciliation
  • Whole-Life Stewardship

To illustrate how those themes may be proclaimed from the pulpit, Tizon invited sermons from leading Christian preachers, including:

  • Greg Boyd
  • Shane Claiborne
  • Brenda Salter-McNeil
  • Ron Sider

Those looking for a resource which combines preaching with the aims of the missional church will appreciate Tizon’s in-depth look at the integral relationship between the two.


Editorial Reviews:

"Al Tizon gets what lies at the heart of the missional movement—that it represents a sea-change in identity and life for the churches of North America. He also gets that once that is clear, preaching can never again be the same. With this book, Tizon makes a major contribution to the emerging field of missional preaching by focusing not on how but on what and why and to what end. Here is an overarching curriculum, in a widening evangelical vision, guided by the revelation of the missio Dei in the scriptures, a worthy conversation partner for day-to-day, week-to-week preacher-teachers of the church." —George R. Hunsberger, Professor of Missiology, Western Theological Seminary, Founding Coordinator of the Gospel and Our Culture Network

"Al Tizon brings together critical theological and pastoral insights in ways that strengthen the call and practice of preaching for the sake of the kingdom of God.  His honest, passionate, and experienced pastor's voice is strong and encouraging.  He leaves us with the sense that the mission of God is not only urgent to share, but possible to enact.  Preaching has its essential contribution to make and Al Tizon helps explain why and how." —Mark Labberton, Ogilvie Associate Professor of Preaching and Director of the Ogilvie Institute of Preaching at Fuller Theological Seminary

"Missional Preaching truly fills a void in the missional conversation. This book is not about the 'how' of preaching, but the 'what' and even more so, the 'who' of preaching.  Emerging from his considerable experience as an academic, missionary and preacher, Al Tizon addresses preaching at its core, it’s missional core." —Rob Fairbanks, D.Min., President - Christian Associates International

"A quite helpful contribution to the contemporary Christian conversation about the nature of Christian preaching and the church as missional. In a writing style that is engaging and compelling, Tizon clarifies what is meant by 'missional church' and brings together an impressive team of contributors to offer examples of sermons addressing multiple dimensions of the theme. The broadest accomplishment of the book may be its expression of a quite appealing Christian vision and community. Tizon, who works with Ron Sider at Palmer Seminary and Evangelicals for Social Action, inspires confidence in the long-term vitality and impact of Sider's holistic, global, and transformational type of evangelicalism. Both the book, and that movement, are worth everyone's attention. Strongly recommended." —Dr. David P. Gushee, Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics, Director, Center for Theology and Public Life, Mercer University

"Readers will be challenged to re-evaluate how they communicate the wholeness of pure Bible doctrine for the sake of their hearers, for the sake of the Missio Dei, and for Jesus’ sake." —Rev. Paul J Cain, Editor, LHP Quarterly Book Review; Wyoming District Worship Chairman; Pastor, Immanuel Lutheran Church (LCMS); Headmaster, Martin Luther Grammar School (CCLE), Sheridan, WY

“If the conversation about the missional church is going move beyond the confines of the academy and into the life of local congregations, preaching will undoubtedly be one of the major conduits by which this occurs. In this volume Al Tizon provides a lively, holistic, and compelling description of missional preaching coupled with a set of illustrative sermons that admirably demonstrate the principles he articulates. It is a welcome addition to the literature on the missional church, but more than that, this is a book that can assist in bringing about the sort of transformation that  the missional conversation has always envisioned.” —John R. Franke, Theologian in Residence, First Presbyterian Church of Allentown, PA and General Coordinator of The Gospel and Our Culture Network

"A gem in our time, this book addresses the real issues of how the church is to relate to the world as it engages in its missional task.  Deeply theological and biblical yet very accessible, the book grounds the church’s mission in her sense of being and purpose in Christ, and not merely in her doing...Each sermon in the book inspires and gives us a different vision of mission that helps expand and refresh our understandings while providing excellent models and styles of preaching for our own growth as preachers." —Elizabeth Conde-Frazier, dean of Esperanza College at Eastern University in St. David’s, Pennsylvania; author of Listen to the Children: Conversations with Immigrant Families

“Tizon makes it abundantly clear that mission is the interpretive framework from which all of Scripture derives its meaning. Without mission there is no church. Ultimately, the author is driving us back to New Testament preaching. This is a timely book addressing one of the most important issues of our time.” —Bill Easum, President, 21st Century Strategies, Inc.

"Here is a rich resource for pastors, preachers, and leaders seeking to enjoin a mission-based Christian focus with meaningful preaching." —Congregational Resource Guide

"A power-house of a book...It offers reliable reminders and fresh teaching about how to maintain high standards in preaching and teaching, especially preaching and teaching this holistic, incarnational, radical Kingdom vision stuff.  Prophetic...pastoral...gospel-centered." —Hearts and Minds Books, March 26, 2012

"Missional Preaching is a fine practical introductory work on linking missional principles to preaching, something desperately necessary if we are to carry out the Missio Dei."—Englewood Review of Books, March 28, 2012

"Tizon writes with lively prose, frequently deploying humor and hyperbole to complement biblical exposition and theological reflection... 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." —Sojourners, June 2012

"This book will challenge the preacher to live the message. It will push the boundaries of many." —Jonathan  Dodson, Creation Project blog, May 21, 2012

"If you are someone who cares deeply for the missional conversation and Biblical preaching and have pondered at the interplay between the two, you cannot do better than Tizon’s work." —Maestas Matters, May 22, 2012

"I can just about guarantee you won’t like everything in this book. I think that’s a good thing, and I recommend the book. It will make you think, and examine your preaching for its relevance to the world we live in." —Margaret Marcuson, ChurchCentral.com, May 31, 2012

"Tizon has succeeded, by providing a work that is simultaneously educational, engaging and practical. If you are looking for a work that will help you begin or continue to think about how to shape your people in missional thinking and practice, through the work of preaching, do yourself a favor and pick this up!' —Matt Maestas for MissionalChurchNetwork.com, June 11, 2012\

"A welcome contribution from the pen of a seasoned missionary and veteran professor. Even if the reader may differ at times with Tizon's conclusions, his relevant and compelling discussions offer real help to preachers who want to biblically and credibly address the actual issues of our changing cultures in a Christ-centered way." —Zack Eswine, International Bulletin of Missionary Research, July 2012

"Highly recommended for all church leaders attempting both to understand and to embody God’s mission within the life and practice of their congregations. Tizon's exploration of missional preaching both expands and refreshes the vision of missional church. Those who practice missional preaching will be challenged by this book to discern the movement of the Holy Spirit within their particular congregation as they seek to live out God’s missional call within their particular context in creative and faithful ways." —Inagrace T. Dietterich, Director of Theological Research, Center for Parish Development

Awards:

2013 Outreach Resource of the Year award in the Preaching category  from Outreach magazine.

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