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Peter Jonker. Preaching in Pictures: Using Images for Sermons That Connect. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 2015. 150 pages. ISBN-13 : ‎ 978-1426781926

Preaching in Pictures by Peter Jonker is the third volume of The Artistry of Preaching Series, edited by Paul Scott Wilson. As Wilson commends, Jonker proposes a creative way to add affective spark and theological imagination to preaching “by effective use of a dominant or controlling image” (x). Jonker unabashedly admits that he began his research on this topic because of his discontent with conventional homiletics’ largely rationalistic and reductionistic approach to sermon preparation and composition. Agreeing with Wilson, he feels a strong urgency to (re)discover the artistic or holistic-aesthetic dimension of preaching practice, namely image-driven rhetoric, for the audiovisual hearers in the pews today.


Originally published in in Homiletic, Winter 2016 (vol. 41 no. 2).

YANG, Sunggu. Peter Jonker, Preaching in Pictures: Using Images for Sermons That Connect.Homiletic, [S.l.], v. 41, n. 2, jan. 2017. ISSN 2152-6923. Available at: <>.