A collection of sermons offering deep insights into the spiritual message of Jesus's fifteen major parables by Helmut Thielicke, the great German preacher and theologian. These were originally preached in Michaelskirche, Hamburg, in the mid-1950s. Thielicke approaches the parables in novel ways. In treating the prodigal son, for instance, he concentrates more on the loving father than the rebellious son, emphasising the centrality of forgiveness. Similarly on the pharisee and the publican, he shows that the publican is guilty of spiritual pride and arrogance, drawing attention to the dangers for the faithful. Both among expositions of the parables and among books for preachers, 'The Waiting Father' stands in a class of its own. Great scholars are usually poor preachers, and great scholars are rarely good preachers, but Thielicke manages to combine distinguished scholarship with fine preaching.
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Volumes of sermons are legion, but there is a book that is in a class by itself. Great scholars are often poor preachers, and great preachers are sometimes indifferent scholars, but the author of this remarkable book is both an outstanding scholar - a former rector of Hamburg University - and a preacher of world renown. This is great preaching; Biblical, relevant, urgent, reminiscent of Luther and of Kierkegaard. Thielicke's challenging interpretation of the parables brings them to life and gives them a new relevance for today.About the Author:
Helmut Thielicke (1908-1986) was one of the great preachers and theologians of the German Lutheran Church. He first came to prominence in Stuttgart where, during the worst of the bombing raids and despite Nazi opposition, he continued to preach to a congregation of several thousand each week. After the war Thielicke's reputation grew as his writings became more widely known through his lecture tours of Europe and the United States. In 1956 he spent a year in America teaching at Drew University and at Chicago and Princeton Theological Seminaries. He was appointed Professor of Systematic Theology at the University of Hamburg in 1954 and six years later was elected Rector, becoming the first Protestant theologian to hold the post. He was also awarded honorary degrees in philosophy and divinity at the Universities of Heidelberg and Glasgow. He published much in both German and in translation, and the enduring popularity of his books testifies to the respect with which he is regarded by theologians and laymen alike.
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Book Description Harpercollins, 1981. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0060679913
Book Description Harpercollins, 1981. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110060679913