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Leonard Sweet: The Metaphor Moment (part 2)

Why it's the season for image-based preaching

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This is the second and final installment of an interview with Leonard Sweet, who is professor of postmodern Christianity and dean of the theological school and vice president of Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. He is author of a number of books, most recently Soul Tsunami and Aqua Church.

PreachingToday.com: In some ways, image-based preaching sounds like classic evangelical preaching. George Whitefield and John Wesley, for example, created the evangelical movement with their preaching of the "new birth."

Sweet: We're really going back to some of the ways in which our evangelical forbearers started preaching on the frontier. It's also a type of preaching we find in the Black church. In many ways, African-American preaching styles are much more postmodern.

In fact, it may be time to bring back traditional evangelical metaphors that some have shied away from, like "the blood" imagery, especially in a culture bombarded with unholy violence. ...

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