This week Abingdon Press has published Bishop Willimon's newest book, Conversations with Barth on Preaching. The book is a scholarly study of theologian, Karl Barth, and his contributions to the craft of homiletics.
Thomas Long, professor of preaching at Emory University's Candler School of Theology says, "When one of today's most savvy Christian thinkers and leaders wrestles with one of the church's greatest theologians, the result is endlessly fascinating." Professor O. C. Edwards, author of an exhaustive history of preaching says, "this has to be Willimon's magnum opus. Its scope is amazing....This is an extraordinary accomplishment."
The new book is the result of Willimon's long relationship with Karl Barth, the Swiss theologian who changed the course of Christian theology. Willimon translates many of Barth's sermons and writings, showing the ways that Barth speaks to contemporary preachers.
Bishop Willimon plans to lead discussions of the book among pastors later this summer in various parts of the North Alabama Conference. He will also be giving lectures on Barth and preaching at Princeton Theological Seminary and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary later this year.
This past week, Preaching magazine declared two of his books, published last year, as among the "Ten Best Books on Preaching" for 2005.