Preaching as Resistance

(Forthcoming from Chalice Press, 2018)

In the wake of the nationalism, nihilism, and alt-right fear mongering that accompanied the surprising rise and valorization of Donald Trump, many pastors find themselves in the precarious position of speaking truth to power in ways they perhaps hadn’t considered before, at least not with the same sense of urgency they now feel. This volume highlights the shape and scope of preaching that not only resists, challenges, and troubles the problematic structures of authoritarianism and oppression crashing in from all sides, but also invites listeners to experience the transformation, possibility, and hope stirring in the gospel of Christ. From big steeples in big cities to rural congregations in red states, examples from pastors across the United States demonstrate how preaching as resistance can be incorporated into a wide variety of social contexts and preaching styles. Ideally suited for pastors and church leaders, it also provides everyday readers with the opportunity to engage fresh approaches to Christianity that are rooted in a gospel of love, solidarity, and justice.

Justice Calls: Sermons of Welcome and Affirmation

“In Justice Calls: Sermons of Welcome and Affirmation, Rev. Snider has collected a treasure trove of sermons affirming the welcome of LGBT persons at the table of God’s love. Some are carefully exegetical, some deeply personal, all are carefully crafted and full of grace. Starting with the call for equality and ending with a call for the transformation of the church, this volume walks the journey of God’s affirming love for all with both care and courage.”

Rev. Mark C. Johnston, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Open & Affirming Ministry Program
Gay, Lesbian, and Affirming Disciples Alliance
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

Preaching After God: Derrida, Caputo, and the Language of Postmodern Homiletics

“In this grand-scale book, Snider takes on the enormous task of rethinking homiletics in light of postmodern thought, and comes up with a fresh and wonderful preacher-sized proposal for speaking of God in times like ours. His refreshing honesty and engaging style will kindle new hope in those who secretly fear that preaching may be impossible in progressive circles. His energy and delight in asking the big questions will inspire others to do the same. A lively conversation-starter of a book.”
Anna Carter Florence, author of Preaching as Testimony and Peter Marshall Associate Professor of Preaching at Columbia Theological Seminary

“There is a growing industry of Christians attempting to domesticate the work of radical thinkers to fit them into an already existing theological system. Provocative writers are thus tied to a Procrustean bed by religionists seeking to make them fit within an already established religious dogma. Not so with Snider. Here he reads these vital thinkers seriously and subtly, pouring their new wine into the old wineskins. Why? So as to crack open the actually existing church and help prepare the way for a new reformation.”
Peter Rollins, author of Insurrection

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The Hyphenateds

“Whether one is an emergence Christian or a mainline Christian or a traditional Christian or even a disaffected Christian, one has the opportunity here to look at the future through the lens of an evolving present. What’s written here is intimately told, without apology, and with no holds barred.” – Phyllis Tickle

Toward a Hopeful Future

“Enthusiastically recommended – yes, for Mainliners, but also for Evangelicals and Roman Catholics who also need a shot of hope about the future.” – Brian McLaren

“Convergence between streams of emergent and progressive Christianity is a striking and hopeful happening. This exciting book is very much needed now.”Marcus Borg

Banned Questions About Jesus
(contributing writer)

“Can you be curious and thoughtful about religion and NOT read this book? My answer: No.”
– A.J. Jacobs, author of the New York Times bestseller The Year of Living Biblically