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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Richard Lischer  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction


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Illinois Connection

He has served as a pastor of Lutheran congregations in Illinois, most noteably, Dorsey, Illinois at Emmaus Lutheran Church where he served from 1972 - 1974.

Biographical and Professional Information

Richard Lischer is the James T. and Alice Mead Cleland Professor of Preaching at Duke Divinity School. Before joining the Duke faculty, he served as pastor of Lutheran congregations in Illinois and Virginia. He is the author of numerous books on preaching, theology, and ministry, including ''A Theology of Preaching: The Dynamics of the Gospel'' and the prize-winning ''The Preacher King: Martin Luther King, Jr.and the Word That Moved America''. He is also editor of ''The Company of Preachers: Wisdom on Preaching, Augustine to the Present''. He lives in Durham, North Carolina.

Selected Titles At Your Library

Concise encyclopedia of preaching /
ISBN: 0664227236. OCLC Number:

Westminster John Knox Press,. Louisville (Ky.) :. 2000.

The preacher King :
ISBN: 019511132X. OCLC Number:

Oxford University Press,. New York :. 1997.

Today it seems extraordinary that a nation the size of the United States could have been so profoundly affected by the minister of a little Baptist church in Montgomery, Alabama. But at a turning point in American history, Martin Luther King, Jr., had an incalculable effect on the fabric of daily life and the laws of the nation. As no other preacher in living memory and no politician since Lincoln, he transposed the themes of love, suffering, deliverance, and justice from the sacred shelter of the pulpit into the arena of public policy. He was the last great religious reformer in America. How the man who always saw himself as "fundamentally a clergyman, a Baptist preacher" crafted his strategic vision and moved a nation to renewal is the subject of this remarkable new book. The Preacher King investigates Martin Luther King Jr.'s, religious development from a precocious "PK" ("preacher's kid") in segregated Atlanta to the most influential American preacher and orator of the twentieth century. To give the most accurate and intimate portrait possible, author Richard Lischer draws almost exclusively on King's unpublished sermons and speeches, as well as tape recordings, personal interviews, and even police surveillance reports. ... More than any other book, The Preacher King captures the crucial aspect of the identity of Martin Luther King, Jr. Human, complex, and passionate, here is a preacher who never gave up trying to shape a congregation of people that would be capable of redeeming the moral and political character of the nation. --Publisher description.

Open secrets :
ISBN: 0385502176. OCLC Number:

Doubleday,. New York :. ©2001.

A memoir of a young Lutheran minister's first years as a pastor in a small town in southern Illinois.

A theology of preaching :
ISBN: 1579106595. OCLC Number:

Wipf and Stock,. Eugene, Or. :. 2001.

Open secrets :
ISBN: 0767907442. OCLC Number:

Broadway Books,. New York :. 2002.

The company of preachers :
ISBN: 0802846092. OCLC Number:

W.B. Eerdmans Pub. Co.,. Grand Rapids, Mich. :. ©2002.

The end of words :
ISBN: 0802862802. OCLC Number:

William B. Eerdmans Pub. Co.,. Grand Rapids, Mich. :. 2008.

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