Childs Edits Sittler Collection
James M. Childs Jr., senior research professor and formerly the Joseph A. Sittler Professor of Theology and Ethics, is co-editor with Richard Lischer of The Eloquence of Grace: Joseph Sittler and the Preaching Life.
Sittler (1904–1987) was one of the most influential theologians of the twentieth century, distinguished for his preaching and pioneering work in ecology. As the “preacher’s theologian,” Sittler approached the interpretation of Scripture with a clear understanding of current critical scholarship, but also in the freedom of the gospel at the center of Scripture and with the humility of a theologian of the cross. This collection of readings from Sittler’s rich legacy contains a great many presentations and sermons that have never before appeared in print. They remain as benchmarks for good preaching even as styles and contexts evolve.
Dr. Childs has been a member of the Trinity faculty since 1978. He is the author of numerous articles and books, including Preaching Justice: The Ethical Vocation of Word and Sacrament Ministry (2000), Ethics in the Community of Promise: Faith, Formation, and Decision (2nd ed., 2006), and The Way of Peace: Christian Life in the Face of Discord (2008). Richard Lischer is the James T. and Alice Mead Cleland Professor of Preaching at Duke Divinity School, Durham, North Carolina, and the author of The End of Words: The Language of Reconciliation in a Culture of Violence (2005).