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Preaching Like a Woman


SPCK 2007

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Here is a book that will encourage and empower women preachers to preach as women, as feminist theologians and as those who will make a difference to the Church. It provides a step-by-step guide to approaching the Bible from a feminist standpoint with suggestions for how to develop your own voice as a preacher.

Susan Durber gives advice on how to preach the lectionary, on how to find new angles on well-known texts and on how to challenge and recast well-established interpretations. To show how the theory works in practice she includes sample sermons from her own preaching. The book will inspire reluctant and tired preachers to seize an important challenge with new energy.

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Key Features

  • Approaches from a feminist standpoint
  • Provides preaching tips to develop your own voice as a preacher
  • Includes numerous sample sermons


  • Part 1: Preaching from the Text
    • The Bible in a Woman’s hand
    • God Has no Favorites: Mark 7:24—30: James 2:1—7
    • The Women at the Empty Tomb: Mark 16:1—8
    • Jephthah’s Daughter: Judges 11:29—40
    • Salome: Mark 6:17—29
    • Mary and Martha: Luke 10:38—42
    • Bent Double: Luke 13:10—17
    • Susanna: Chapter 13 of the Greek Version of Daniel
    • Prodigal Daughter: Luke 15:11—32
  • Part 2: Preaching the Christian Year
    • A Woman Uses the Lectionary
    • Dressed for a Wedding: Matthew 22:1—14
    • Christmas as Good News: Isaiah 61:1—7
    • Body and Blood: Luke 1:46—55
    • First Sunday in Lent: Genesis 3:1—19; Matthew 4:1—11
    • Palm Sunday: 2 Samuel 6:16—23; Mark 11:1—10
    • Maundy Thursday: John 13:1—20
    • Ascension: Acts 1:1—11
    • Pentecost: Numbers 11:24—30; Acts 2:1—21
    • All Saints: Ephesians 1:15—23
  • Part 3: Preaching the Faith
    • A Woman as Creative Theologian
    • Not Like the Scribes: Mark 1:21—28
    • Healing for Our Wounds: 2 Kings 5:1—14; Luke 17:11—19
    • Servants and Ministers: Mark 1:29—31
    • Whoever Receives a Child: Mark 9:30—41
    • Take Up Your Cross: Mark 8:27—38
    • The Deluge: Genesis 7:17—23
    • Beauty and Violence: Song of Songs 4:9—16; Galatians 5:22—25
    • The Tempest: Mark 4:35—41
    • Twelfth Night — or What You Will: Galatians 3:26—29

Praise for the Print Edition

This is a book which every woman preacher will value highly and from which every male preacher will learn a great deal. It succeeds in being at once fresh and sane, scholarly and lucid. Contrary to much contemporary opinion, Susan Durber still believes passionately in the preaching ministry and shows how women can use the text in a way that is both biblical and authentic. She also shows how it is possible to preach without the anti-Judaism that continues to disfigure far too many sermons. I highly recommend this book both for its general themes and the actual examples of sermons preached, which can also be useful for personal meditation.

—Richard Harries, retired bishop of Oxford

Product Details

  • Title: Preaching Like a Woman
  • Author: Susan Durber
  • Publisher: SPCK
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Pages: 192

About Susan Durber

Susan Durber is a minister of St. Columba’s United Reformed Church, Oxford and joint Reformed chaplain to the University of Oxford. She was the coeditor, with Heather Walton, of Silence in Heaven: A Book of Women’s Preaching and lectures and writes regularly at the College of Preachers. Her PhD, from the University of Manchester, was on the parables of Jesus. She was major contributor to the URC’s most recent book of worship and is a member of the Faith and Order Standing Commission of the World Council of Churches. She enjoys singing, exploring historic houses and art galleries, and meeting new friends for dinner. She has a beautiful daughter, Grace.

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