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New Publication: Preaching as Testimony by Anna Carter Florence


Decatur, GA.— Anna Carter Florence, associate professor of preaching and worship at Columbia Theological Seminary, is the author of Preaching as Testimony. Recently released by John Knox Press, the book explores the historical, theoretical, and practical elements of the tradition of testimony preaching. In this much-anticipated book, Carter Florence seeks to establish the historical and contemporary validity of women’s preaching and to introduce testimony to a new generation of preachers and teachers. She begins with the stories of three women from earlier centuries whose preaching was often described as testimony: Anne Marbury Hutchinson, Sarah Osborn and Jarena Lee. Then, reflecting upon the more contemporary work of thinkers like Paul Ricoeur and Walter Brueggemann, Rebecca Chopp, and Mary McClintock Fulkerson, she examines biblical and theological perspectives on testimony. Finally, she explores how testimony plays out in a preacher’s life, offering constructive proposals for preaching as well as helpful guidelines, direction, and exercises. Preaching as Testimony may be purchased from the seminary bookstore, or 404-687-4550. Columbia Theological Seminary, located in Decatur, Georgia, was established in 1828 and is one of 10 theological institutions of the Presbyterian Church (USA). 

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