Preaching God's Transforming Justice: A Lectionary Commentary, Year B.

Author:Schade, Leah D.
Position:Book review

Preaching God's Transforming Justice: A Lectionary Commentary, Year B. Ronald J. Allen, Dale P. Andrews, Dawn Ottoni-Wilhelm, editors. Louisville, Ky.: Westminster John Knox Press, 2011. ISBN-13: 978-0-6642-3454-6. xxv and 518 pages. Hardcover. $50.

There is one shelf in my library I've dedicated to "go-to" books for sermon preparation. These are books I can count on to easily locate the pericope on which I'll be preaching, provide concise, provocative exegesis, and spark my imagination for creativity. This volume is one I'll be adding to that shelf.

The goals of this collection of 90 commentaries (including the special feature of 22 "Holy Days for Justice") are both extensive and profound: to "help the preacher identify and reflect theologically and ethically on the social implications of the biblical readings" (x), enable preachers and congregations to use these texts to help interpret the meaning of social issues within their contexts, introduce pointed reflections on commonly overlooked justice issues (highlighted in the justice days inserted throughout the year), and offer practical ways of applying the fruits of these reflections for individual listeners and the community of faith. A quick scan of the list...

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