Imaginative Preaching: Praying the Scriptures so God Can Speak through You

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Langham Global Library, Oct 14, 2015 - Religion - 178 pages
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This book explores what is possible when the Scripture to be preached is prayed through the agency of two ancient prayer disciplines: lectio divina and Ignatian Gospel Contemplation. Through the experiences of eight vocational pastor-preachers this study tracks the difficulties, discoveries and delights as they commit to utilizing these prayer disciplines as part of their regular sermon preparation.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Seeing the World as God Sees It and Intends It
7
Then and Now
29
3 Renewal
57
4 Repositioning
69
5 Reorientation
89
TwentyFirstCentury Answers for FirstCentury Questions
103
Appendix A Ignatian Gospel Contemplation on the Nativity
115
Appendix B Participatory Action Research Method
117
Appendix C Preachers Manual Lectio Divina and Ignatian Contemplation in Preaching
129
Bibliography
157
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GEOFF NEW is a Presbyterian minister in New Zealand. He is the Dean of Studies at Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership, Dunedin, New Zealand. He was the minister of Papakura East Presbyterian Church from 1997 to 2015. Geoff is a trainer for Langham Preaching in South Asia (langham.org) and also heads up Kiwimade Preaching (kiwimadepreaching.com) which seeks to resource and encourage preachers in New Zealand. Geoff graduated with a Doctor of Ministry from the Australian College of Theology in 2011. He is married to Ruth and they have three grown children.

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