Most hearers of Sunday homilies stand with the seekers in John 12:21 who said, `Sir, we wish to see Jesus.' We Preach Christ Crucified leads the homilist, as well as faithful Catholic `hearers of the Word,' to prepare for Sunday. Besides providing a comprehensive and solid grounding in the theology of preaching, the chapters include `how-to' aids to hasten a true revival of Catholic preaching that fosters a deep encounter with the Crucified and Risen Lord Jesus. This book is a perfect companion to the United States Bishops' document, Preaching the Mystery of Faith: The Sunday Homily.
Most Reverend Joseph Kurtz, Archbishop of Louisville
This single volume brings together a variety of perspectives on what it means to preach the living Word of God in such a way that it fosters a true encounter of the worshipping community with God. In eloquence and wisdom, these chapters both individually and as a unit offer excellent contemporary scholarship and theological reflection on the kind of preaching that transforms individual lives, communities, and reaches out far beyond with a compelling message of hope. The diversity of contributors and foci make this a rich work that speaks to the reality of the Church in our times-in the never ending struggles and joys of faithfully interpreting, communicating and living out the Word in many contexts.
Deb Organ, LICSW DMin, Pastoral Associate, Holy Rosary Parish, Minneapolis, Minnesota
In We Preach Christ Crucified contemporary preachers respond combining theological sophistication with pastoral practicality. This book can serve as a review for preachers years away from a homiletics class as well as a basis for a discussion of contemporary issues in preaching.
Honora Werner, OP, Aquinas Institute of Theology
Presents many helpful ideas for preachers and illustrates a variety of methods.
The fruit of We Preach Christ Crucified, representing the wisdom and care of pastors and theologians alike, is sure to arouse hope for the future.
Catholic Books Review
Every preacher is expected to provide expertise for people of different education, ethnicities, gender, age, faith, and life experience. We Preach Christ Crucified explores the method and content of preaching for these circumstances, analyzes each with perception, and inspires the reader with hope. You may think your preaching could never improve either because you know it all or because you lack certain skills. This book will open the eyes of preachers and the ears of the faithful.
Rev. Paul Turner, Pastor of St. Anthony Catholic Church in Kansas City, and author of Let Us Pray: A Guide to the Rubrics of Sunday Mass