When God Is Silent

When God Is Silent

by Barbara Brown Taylor

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Overview

“Reading of God’s silence in the Bible gives me courage to explore the practice of restraint in preaching—not as a deliberate withholding of God’s word nor, I hope, as a rationale for my own reticence, but as a sober reaching for more reverence in the act of public speaking about God.” In these 1997 Lyman Beecher Lectures in Preaching delivered at Yale Divinity School, Barbara Brown Taylor focuses on the task of those who preach and those who hear sermons in a world where people thirst for a word from God. How may we approach this seemingly silent God with due respect, proclaiming the Word without violating the silence, by speaking with restraint? Her first chapter examines the late twentieth-century language with which we talk about God in theology and speak to God in prayer. The second chapter addresses the question of God’s communication in Scripture and how the “voice of God” was heard less and less in the land as the centuries progressed. Finally, Taylor explores what the silence of God means for Christians and how we may exercise “homiletical restraint” in speaking of the divine.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781561011575
Publisher: Cowley Publications
Publication date: 01/25/1998
Series: Lyman Beecher Lectures on Preaching , #1997
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 241,571
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.14(h) x 0.42(d)

About the Author

Barbara Brown Taylor is an Episcopal priest. She holds the Harry R. Butman Chair in Religion and Philosophy at Piedmont College in northeastern Georgia and serves as adjunct professor of Christian spirituality at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur. Recognized as one of the twelve most effective preachers in the English language by Baylor University in 1995, Taylor has published numerous collections of her sermons and theological reflections, including The Luminous Web, Speaking of Sin, and Gospel Medicine.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
I am not a Pastor, still this book had much to teach me. I would recommend it to any lay person seeking to explain his or her relationship to God. I would also stongly recommend it to writers, for it is a book about the limitations of language and the diminishing power of words.
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