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Vulnerable Good News: Distance & Patience in Gospel Performance
Author Lee, Mason
Date 2017
Format Journal Article
Description 11 pages
Genre Article
Language English
Subject Preaching
Notes Copyright © 2017 Mason Lee. Presented here with permission of Mason Lee and the Academy of Homiletics.
Abstract The performative implications of the gospel have been the focus of intense homiletical reflection. These reflections explore avenues through which the “what” of the gospel shapes the “how” of its proclamation. Yet one feature of the gospel that has received little attention is the connection between the gospel’s inherent vulnerability and how that vulnerability should shape sermonic performance. This paper considers what possible impact the vulnerability intrinsic to the gospel, as good news, should have on one’s preaching performance and potential implications of this connection. Drawing on the work of J.L. Austin and John Howard Yoder, this paper argues sermonic performance that mirrors the gospel’s nonviolent epistemology is a necessary condition for gospel speech. This paper suggests performative distance is one strategy for meeting this condition, and that such a strategy reveals the potential significance of patience as a homiletically significant virtue.
Collection Academy of Homiletics
Contributor Academy of Homiletics
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