Resurrected Living
"What are you going to do with your new resurrected life? This is the heroic question." Richard Rohr

God’s Trombones

James Weldon Johnson’s God’s Trombones is a masterpiece.  It is a very brief read, but it is a must read.  Although it does not take one long to read through it you will find yourself going back again and again pouring over Johnson’s wonderful use of words.  God’s Trombones is a book of African American sermons reimagined as poetry.

I believe preachers need to read.  They need to be immersed in Scripture, but they also need to read theologians, history, other preachers, the news, and good writers.  James Weldon Johnson is an outstanding writer.  He is a master of words and in God’s Trombones he takes on the subject of the sermon.  Not only will you find the sermons helpful, but Johnson’s preface to the book is very informative as well.  In it he discusses African American preachers of the past.  He talks about their role, influence and style.

Whether you are a minister of the gospel or just a person who enjoys a good sermon you will love God’s Trombones.  It is one of those rare books you will return to again and again.

Here is a taste of what you will find.  This is a prayer for the preacher.

And now, O Lord, this man of God,
Who breaks the bread of life this morning-
Shadow him in the hollow of thy hand,
And keep him out of the gunshot of the devil.
Take him, Lord-this morning-
Wash him with hyssop inside and out,
Hang him up and drain him dry of sin.
Pin his ear to the wisdom post,
And make his words sledge hammers of truth-
Beating on the iron heart of sin.
Lord God, this morning-
Put his eye to the telescope of eternity,
And let him look upon the paper walls of time.
Lord, turpentine his imagination,
Put perpetual motion in his arms,
Fill him full of the dynamite of thy power,
Anoint him all over with the oil of thy salvation,
And set his tongue on fire.

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