Imaginative Reading for Creative Preaching

This workshop audio will help participants begin to explore the possibilities and homiletical impact of engaging in an ongoing, vigorous program of reading for preaching.

People often assume that preachers who read widely are on the prowl for illustrations. These people are right. Preachers are hunter-gatherers, searching not only the world's literary masterworks but also contemporary fiction, journalism, and biography. But preachers are not merely in search of useful stories. Reading deepens the preacher's knowledge of human cries of the heart. In fact, the preacher's reading deepens preaching because it deepens the preacher. In this workshop, Neal Plantinga and Hulitt Gloer discussed their highly successful "Imaginative Reading for Creative Preaching" seminar, which the two have co-led the last five years as a multi-week summer program. This workshop will help participants begin to explore the possibilities and homiletical impact of engaging in an ongoing, vigorous program of reading for preaching.

Presented at the 2008 Calvin Symposium on Worship.

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