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Kirk Byron Jones has tapped sweet dreams and a compelling vision for a time that calls for "creating

a way out of no way." Drawing on the rich treasures of jazz, Jones calls preachers to unleash

their creative enterprise by risking improvisation, playing with dialogue

 

 

The Jazz of Preaching

How to Preach with Great Freedom and Joy

by Kirk Byron Jones

 

What if preachers were as contagiously joyful in their preaching as Louis Armstrong was in his playing and singing? As rich in their sermonic renderings as Sarah Vaughn was in her musical vocals? As honest about heartache as Billie Holliday was every time she sang about the blues of life? As alluringly clear as the angelic voice of Ella Fitzgerald? As tenaciously uninhibited in the action of creating as Duke Ellington? Kirk Byron Jones explains how to dramatically improve one's preaching through understanding and applying key elements of the musical art known as jazz. these elements include innovation; improvisation; rhythm; call and response; honesty about heartache; and delight. Drawing on a deep love of jazz and enlivening his discussion with insights drawn from the tradition of African American preaching. Jones introduces the reader to rich and rewarding possibilities for constructing and delivering the sermon.Abingdon Press, Publisher

 

Kirk Byron Jones has tapped sweet dreams and a compelling vision for a time that calls for "creating a way out of no way." Drawing on the rich treasures of jazz, Jones calls preachers to unleash their creative enterprise by risking improvisation, playing with dialogue, and becoming open to receive the mystery and grace of it all. This is a book dedicated to deep honesty. It is about reaching for a "beyond-ness" that can persuade people to embrace God. Jones invites his readers to listen with a kind of "tenacious openness" in order to hear and then participate in the construction of a sound never heard before. While this is a book about preaching, it is also about life. In the end, The Jazz of Preaching is about fresh joy and new freedom in living. It is a testament of gratitude.Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr., Senior Pastor, Trinity United Church of Christ, Chicago, Illinois

 

The Jazz of Preaching is a remarkable book. You need know nothing in advance about jazz to be impacted, because he knows not only preachers and theologians but also poets and novelists--as well as jazz artists. Chapter 2, "Holy Common Ground," is amazing. here's a taste: "Jazz and preaching share the common ground of mystery. Both ultimately evade, to use poet David Whyte's phrase, "the cage of definition." Kirk Byron Jones has more about preaching to share here--from blues to swing.Eugene L. Lowry, The William K. McElvaney professor of Preaching Emeritus, Saint Paul School of Theology

 

Contents

1. Let There Be Jazz

11

2. Holy Common Ground

25

3. Dreaming a Song, Hearing a Sermon

47

4. A Call to Create

63

5. The Freedom of Improvisation

79

6. Can I Get a Witness? Dialogue in Jazz and Preaching

99

7. Blues Preaching

111

8. The Swing of Preaching

125

Source: The Jazz of Preaching How to Preach with Great Freedom and Joy

Kirk Byron Jones, D. Min., Ph.D. teaches social ethics and pastoral ministry at Andover Newton Theological School, Newton Centre, Massachusetts, and serves as guest preacher and teacher at churches, schools, and conferences around the country.

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In this urgent new book, Noam Chomsky surveys the dangers and prospects of our early twenty-first century. Exploring challenges such as the growing gap between North and South, American exceptionalism (including under President Barack Obama), the fiascos of Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S.-Israeli assault on Gaza, and the recent financial bailouts, he also sees hope for the future and a way to move forward—in the democratic wave in Latin America and in the global solidarity movements that suggest "real progress toward freedom and justice." Hopes and Prospects is essential reading for anyone who is concerned about the primary challenges still facing the human race. "This is a classic Chomsky work: a bonfire of myths and lies, sophistries and delusions. Noam Chomsky is an enduring inspiration all over the world—to millions, I suspect—for the simple reason that he is a truth-teller on an epic scale. I salute him." —John Pilger

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