IN DEFENSE OF PREACHING IN THE SPIRIT

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Authors
Emerson, Jason
Issue Date
2022-05
Type
Thesis
Keywords
School of Theology Thesis 2022 , University of the South , School of Theology , Spirit , Preaching , Anglican/Episcopal , African American Christian Tradition
Abstract
This project defends the practice of preaching in the Spirit by first examining the connotations and hesitations around preaching in the Spirit. It then articulates the dearth of academic discussion of preaching in the Spirit from Anglican/Episcopal sources. Considering the lack of discussion from Anglican/Episcopal sources, scholars from the African American Christian Tradition, also known as the Black Church, are reviewed. An argument is made that while there are a variety of ways to preach in the Spirit, the fruit of preaching in the Spirit is an alternative community marked by shared leadership, diversity, and equality. An analysis of scripture shows how Spirit led speech in scripture cultivates this fruit. Following the scripture analysis two preachers of contrasting styles are profiled and selected sermons analyzed to show methods of preaching in the Spirit. Finally, sermon examples and reflections are presented to demonstrate how I have incorporated this research in my preaching.
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