Preaching as sacramental presence: the word incarnate as proclamations toward healing in a faith community
Marguerite Mims Rourk
Preachers mediate God's word to God's people for understanding their context on the world through the word which imparts God's reconciliation and peace to the faith community. There are three supporting perspectives: 1) Dietrich Bonhoeffer: the church is Christ's presence in the world; preaching must convey the risen Christ present in the assembly. 2) Alexander Schmemann: preaching incarnates the word as a sacramental event revealing God's presence. 3) Richard Lischer: preachers must preach Jesus, not about him. Grounded in the unique message of Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection, Christian preaching partners with theology, as they are mutually supportive. Twenty-five sermons illustrate.