Too Good to be True
Preaching in a post-Christian world
With a foreword by Peter Rollins and an afterword by Thomas J. J. Altizer, Too Good to be True is a collection of sermons written and preached from a radical theology perspective, which demonstrate preaching in a post-Christendom, post-'God' world. These sermons were actually preached in a mainline church in the US. The sermons follow the liturgical and lectionary year A, so clergy may use the books for their own preaching and easily reference it in their professional work.
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How do you preach the death of God? In this powerful collection of sermons Chris Rodkey plunges deep into the tradition of radical Christianity from Tillich to Altizer to Rollins to fashion something entirely refreshing and new. These are personal, contemporary, and at the same time profoundly biblical sermons. Anyone who preaches the Gospel and still has a spark of intellectual curiosity will want to read this book. ~ Clayton Crockett, Associate Professor and Director of Religious Studies, University of Central Arkansas
Chris Rodkey presents a radical vision of the preacher’s task. Preachers are called to unmask the popular gods of culture and the church to reveal the lively, changing, and unbounded living God uncontained by dogma, institution, or profession. Chris Rodkey’s lectionary commentaries provide an alternative theological vision which will inspire preachers toward prophetic innovation and homiletic excellence. Postmodernism demands more – and better – theology and not less theological reflection. Chris provides solid theological soul food for preachers and congregations. The old gods have died but a lively iconoclastic “Christian atheism” gives birth to healthy, life-transforming, and Earth-affirming visions of God when they are most desperately needed. Chris gives us one such vision. Chris Rodkey has charted a path that you may follow at your own peril, but only a risk-taking theology can provide us with the spiritual nurture and challenge we need today. ~ Bruce Epperly, author of Process Theology: A Guide for the Perplexed and Healing Marks: Spirituality and Healing in Mark’s Gospel
I find it rather peculiar that practitioners and pastors frequently ask whether or not radical theology can or should play a role in today's churches, as if the subversive kernel of Christianity has at some point been something other than radical. To even ask such a question is to acknowledge that the actually existing churches, out of their perpetual love affair with power and privilege, have domesticated the radical truth of Christianity at nearly every turn. However, in this provocative and important book, Chris Rodkey boldly picks up the mantle of Thomas Altizer and Paul Tillich in order to remind us that the subversive truth of Christianity has always been radical, which in turn leads practitioners and pastors to ask better a question--namely, if those of us in the churches don't think it necessary to express the subversive, radical truth of Christianity in our sermons and our liturgies then, really, why are we preaching, and why should we continue to worship a domesticated God? Readers will come away with a fresh understanding of radical theology and preachers will find practical tools to develop a more radical, and thus more Christian, homiletic. This book deserves a wide audience and should be read by everyone who cares about the transformative art of preaching. Phil Snider, Sr. Minister of Brentwood Christian Church in Springfield, MO, and the author of, most recently, Preaching After God: Derrida, Caputo and the Language of Postmodern Homiletics. ~ Phil Snider