I begin with scripture. Where else could one start when invited to speak about preaching and its power of formation in the lives of hearers? How else can preaching shape a people for the living of this particular and peculiar life to which Jesus calls us, except we tum to scripture, tell its stories, sing its songs, cry its laments, pray its prayers, enter its wisdom, and taste the life it bears? We have no other word to proclaim than the promise of God, the mystery of God's unfailing love for the world revealed and offered to us in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, God's Word made flesh among us.
Briehl, Susan R., "You Have to Wear Something" (1999). Institute of Liturgical Studies Occasional Papers. 81.