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Preaching Prophetically When the News Disturbs – Book Introduction

     Audrey Borschel’s Preaching Prophetically When the News Disturbs: Interpreting the Media is conerned with the nexus of religion, media and popular culture. Few biblical texts fail to arouse a sense of timeliness when the world is full of encounters to which we must take notice. What does it mean to be connected to God’s love in the midst of horror and such destruction as the 7.0 earthquake in Haiti in January 2010? How do preachers ponder the scriptures and suggest a course of action for their suffering or conflicted communities?

     Though the book was written intentionally for those who are charged with the weekly task of preaching to a congregation, it is recommended to all who are interested in the way the news affects us. It provides excellent background on the development of mass media in our culture, as well as on the recent, but critical subject of media literacy. In the 24/7 world of news programming, it is essential for everyone to be able to separate truth from fiction. Recent political discussions require all of us to become fact checkers, to become “media-literate.”

     Each of the six chapters provides information about the growing role and influence of media in all of its current forms, as well as suggestions for shaping preaching to fit the pastoral needs of the congregation.

• The first chapter establishes a biblical context for preaching the news that disturbs and discusses the role of church and its preachers in civil society. Disturbing news is defined as that which is likely to shake the faith and well-being of the community. The chapter provides perspective to the historical and political roots of disturbing news world-wide.

• Chapter 2 describes the business of news presentations and the growth of the news media.

• Chapter 3 takes on the “nuts and bolts” preachers and all people need as it describes the tools used to create news presentations. It provides a foundation for understanding how news stories are constructed and how to get to the truth of the news stories we encounter as we discover they are rarely unbiased.

• Chapter 4 invites the reader to take those media literacy tools and reflect pastorally with the scriptures, locating ingredients of consolation, hope, and resurrection in the news and the Good News of the texts.

• Chapter 5 is a unique listening post to the work of several opinion writers, each of whom has a unique interpretive approach to writing and to expressing his or her point of view.

     Additional features in the book include a selection of the author’s sermons and an evaluation of a workshop in which the participants tested the concepts of the book and provided valuable information based on their life experiences. 

     Since the release of Preaching Prophetically When the News Disturbs: Interpreting the Media, Dr. Borschel has been invited to participate in homiletics and denominational conferences. She is available for speaking engagements, workshops and short courses based on the book and other aspects of preaching, including the preacher’s presentational style. Audrey Borschel holds doctoral degrees in Preaching and in Voice and is ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). She has enjoyed many years singing professionally, as well as her vocation as a minister for several congregations.


One Response to “Preaching Prophetically When the News Disturbs – Book Introduction”
  1. Kelli Parrish Lucas says:

    Sounds like an interesting book that I should add to my reading list. Thanks for the post.

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