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Wonder RebornCreating Sermons on Hymns, Music, and Poetry$
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Thomas H. Troeger

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195398885

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195398885.001.0001

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Wonder Reborn through Beauty

Wonder Reborn through Beauty

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Wonder Reborn

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The final chapter returns to themes of the first chapter: the overtones of beauty and a theologically informed aesthetic. But now the author examines these concepts in light of the illustrative sermons and the experience of particular listeners as they received the sermon and the hymn or music or poem on which it was based. Although each sermon awakened some overtones more than others, there was a broad and grateful response for the sense of the Spirit that came through the integration of sermon and art. Reflecting on these varied responses, the author concludes that the place of beauty in preaching is far more than adding ornament to a fundamentally prosaic proclamation of the gospel. Rather, it lies at the heart of the church’s witness to Christ. We make room in our preaching and worship for beauty so that wonder may be reborn as God is known and experienced anew.

Keywords:   aesthetic, beauty, Christ, listeners, overtones, reborn, response, Spirit, witness, wonder

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