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Rethinking Celebration

From Rhetoric to Praise in African American Preaching

Cleophus J. LaRue

  • 8/23/2016
  • 0664261493
  • 978-0-664-26149-8
  • Paperback
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  • Paperback
  • 112
  • 6x9
  • 8.00 oz

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"LaRue has a broad and deep understanding of preaching in general and African American preaching in particular. He writes with an elegant boldness—sounding like an amalgam of the prophets Amos, Jeremiah, and Isaiah. He argues correctly and convincingly that the key to preaching and praise is the exposition and interpretation of the Word. LaRue postulates that a clear interpretation of the Scripture text leads to transformative action. Pragmatism prevails throughout this book. As a distinguished preacher and teacher, LaRue is clearly suggesting that self-correction and correcting the people of God is an ethical responsibility. This book is an excellent contribution to African American preaching and worship and should be read and studied carefully by preachers and teachers of all racial and ethnic persuasions."
—JAMES HENRY HARRIS, Distinguished Professor and Chair of Homiletics, Virginia Union University, and Pastor, Second Baptist Church, Richmond, Virginia

"The black church tradition and culture in America are rich and textured. Any monolithic way of interpreting and understanding or describing this reality is by definition shortsighted and incomplete. In his most recent text, Rethinking Celebration, Cleo LaRue challenges us to see the dangers of celebration as the sole lens through which to interpret black preaching. This text deepens our appreciation of the grand sacred tradition and history of our preaching and calls us to a fuller biblical grounding for our prophetic praise."
—GARY V. SIMPSON, Senior Pastor, The Concord Baptist Church of Christ, Brooklyn, New York, and Associate Professor of Homiletics, Drew University Theological School

"Every time I read a book by Cleo LaRue, I come away having learned something about preaching that is breathtakingly new and creative. Rethinking Celebration is no exception. In this thoughtful and crisply argued book, LaRue issues a challenging call to the African American pulpit to recover its full range of power and depth. This book is a double blessing. It speaks convincingly not only to African American preachers but also to all Christian preachers everywhere, reminding us of the sacred purposes to which we are called."
—THOMAS G. LONG, Bandy Professor Emeritus of Preaching, Candler School of Theology, Emory University


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