Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, Arthur McGill had numerous opportunities to share his rich theological musings outside of the classroom. Some 25 years after his death, 17 sermons were brought together by his wife Lucille McGill and editor David Cain. These homilies reveal the core themes that distinguish his theological writings: relaxing in our neediness before God, participating in the death-to-life pattern of self-expenditure, and rooting our hope in the unique power of Christ. The collection culminates with what Cain notes as McGill’s “signature” sermon on The Good Samaritan, wherein we see that the reception of grace always precedes the extension of grace.
In addressing day-to-day issues such as possessions, speech, loneliness, and anger, McGill is both prophetic and pastoral. He does not hesitate to say that “the wickedness of Nineveh—alas!—is the wickedness of the United States.” At the same time, he brings a refreshing word with theological depth about human suffering and the God who models ultimate vulnerability.
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Art McGill was crucial for sustaining the integrity of Christian theology at a time when few cared whether theology survived or not. We are fortunate to have his sermons to exemplify this man’s profound commitment to the Christian theological task.
—Stanley Hauerwas, Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics, Duke Divinity School
Quite a few of us remember with appreciation and affection the teaching ministry of Arthur Chute McGill when he was at Harvard. His death still saddens us, but how fortunate we are to have this volume of sermons. Now another generation may share in the stimulating pleasure of McGill’s mind and heart.
—Peter J. Gomes, Plummer Professor of Christian Morals, Harvard Divinty School
McGill meets the issues of his day head-on without apology. But he always takes his cue from the text, letting the chosen Scripture set the sermon’s agenda and determine the emotional terrain it will traverse. As a result, McGill’s sermons remain fresh and timely. David Cain has done us a great service in making them available to a new audience in a similarly troubled time.
—Thomas E. Breidenthal, dean of religious life, Princeton University