Must Reads Classics – Peculiar Speech: Preaching to the Baptized by William Willimon

by Perkins Center for Preaching Excellence on Tuesday, May 21, 2024

In this episode of Must Reads Classics, Dr. O. Wesley Allen, Jr. interviews Bishop William Willimon - the Dean of Duke Chapel and professor of Christian Ministry at Duke University, about his book “Peculiar Speech: Preaching to the Baptized.” Bishop Willimon explains his motivation for writing the book, highlighting the challenge of bridging the gap between ancient biblical texts and contemporary understanding. He emphasizes the importance of not just translating but learning the "language" of Christianity, akin to mastering vocabulary in academic subjects. Drawing on his experience as a college chaplain, Bishop Willimon argues for the necessity of embracing Christian terminology and practices for true comprehension. He contrasts this approach with efforts to make theology more "accessible" to a wider audience, advocating instead for immersion in the Christian language and community.

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