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Preaching Adverbially

F. Russell Mitman


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Reflections from a pastor and teacher on preaching as a dynamic event

Christian preaching obviously entails the sermon, but in reality it involves much more. Preaching happens when the entire assembly, the worshiping congregation, gathers to speak and sing, pray and listen, eat and drink, bless and baptize. Preaching at root is a dynamic event that is best captured not in adjectives but in adverbs.

In Preaching Adverbially Russell Mitman shows how eleven select adverbs--biblically, contextually, invitationally, doxologically, and others--serve to identify what essentially happens in Christian preaching. Each chapter draws on scriptural paradigms, liturgical and musical forms, the insights of scholars and teachers, and the author's own rich experience. Mitman's purpose is for these adverbs to become practical, revitalizing guides for all who are called to proclaim the Word of God within the framework of Christian worship.

William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 9780802875587, 196pp.

Publication Date: January 1, 2018

About the Author

F. Russell Mitman has served as a parish pastor and as conference minister for the Pennsylvania Southeast Conference of the United Church of Christ. He is the author of several books on preaching and worship, including Worship in the Shape of Scripture.