Jesus' Radical Message: Subversive Sermons for Today's Seekers

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Traditional preaching, along with the mainline churches in which it has been most prevalent over the years, is losing its appeal for growing numbers of people who are caught up in the dangers and confusion of our fragmented world. Many are hungering for a more powerful and challenging message rooted in Jesus' life and teachings, seeking clues about how to live faithfully amid the destructive social and personal pressures created by our nation's exploitation of its position of global dominance. The sermons in this volume emerge from the conversion story of a Southern, white, Presbyterian pastor who was transformed by the civil rights struggle and who has chosen to live on the boundary between mainstream and marginalized people. Rooted in an understanding that Jesus' gospel message is subversive of many of the dominant values and practices of our culture and our world today, they are intended to be "disturbing" sermons. But they disturb for the sake of healing and hope, always pointing to Jesus' good news of the liberating possibility of beloved community, inclusive of us all.

Paperback, 6" x 9", 172 pages


About the Author

Z Holler, a retired Presbyterian pastor, is a co-founder of the Beloved Community Center in Greensboro, North Carolina. He served as co-chair for the Greensboro Truth and Community Reconciliation Project.


Jesus was and is very radical as he proclaimed and gave witness to the in-breaking of God's Kingdom. Z Holler gives witness to the radical nature of Jesus' proclamation in these sermons with the aid of Scripture and his own scholarship. For a taste and sample, read sermon number four, Let us Go Across to the Other Side. You will want more! The sermons are deep and require reflection. Share reflection in a group or meditate on one each morning. You will be challenged and fed. --Rt. Rev. A. C. Marble, Jr., Bishop of Mississippi, retired, 1993-2003, Bishop Assisting, Diocese of North Carolina, 2004

Z Holler