Telling the Truth: The Gospel as Tragedy, Comedy, and Fairy Tale

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Telling the Truth: The Gospel as Tragedy, Comedy, and Fairy Tale
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Published May 5th 2009 by HarperOne (first published October 26th 1977

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Certain realities of daily human life that we just live with are simply 'unspokens.' rare pastor/preacher who is real enough to ctually talk about some things ( like Beuchner does, specially in his tories and descriptions of people -- " poor, bare, forked animals " that we are) is one who, in my experience, is popular but whose ministry seems to e very short-lived.

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This one whose fear of death is nly a screen behind which lies his deeper fear of life. " " God is actuall an answer man can give, God says.

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My favorite quote lies within " The Gospel as Tragedy ": " There ould be a strong argument for saying that much of the most powerful preaching of our time is the preaching of poets, playwrights, novelists because it is often they better than the whole of us who speak with awful honesty about the absence of God and about the storm of his absence, both within and without, which, because it is unendurable, unlivable, drives us to look to the eye of torm. " Or " The Gospel as Comedy ": " Sin and grace, absence and presence, tragedy and comedy, they divide the world between them and where they meet head on, the Gospel happens. " You must read his nove in half a day.

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Buechner examines the arc of the gospel using the well known genres of tragedy, comedy, and fairy tale -- that is, bad news, good news, and transformation or fantasy.

Given modern usage of 'joke' and 'comedy', the terminology could be confusing.The general point of novel appear to e that the gospel is not just a bunch of theological facts, but thi tal that preachers must experience for themselves before they can share it with others.

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It 's been 30+ years since I first read thi essa, but I still return to it als, and have found his counsel to be the bedrock of great preaching.

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