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Ambrose of Milan's Method of Mystagogical Preaching

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Craig A. Satterlee, PhD, an ordained minister of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, is assistant professor of homiletics and co-director of the Doctor of Ministry program at the Lutheran School of Theology at


Satterlee's work is an excellent addition to historical studies on the practice of corporate discipleship and the preaching method in the early church. Satterlee's work is noteworthy for its unique contribution to patristics and homiletics. It should also stimulate significant discussion over the process of spiritual pedagogy as the church seeks to develop more effective ministries for the twenty-first century.Bibliotheca Sacra . . . demonstrates, with clear and engaging style, how cardinal this mystagogical period was . . .Worship The most exciting thing about the study of liturgy is the unity of past history and present practice. Pastor Satterlee shows, by careful analysis of the preaching and teaching of St. Ambrose, just how relevant the methods and message of that fourth century bishop are to twenty-first century pastors. The making of new Christians is the task of each generation but we accomplish it best by knowing what those before us have already discovered. This is a clear and vivid account of St. Ambrose's methods in initiating new Christians.James F. White, University of Notre Dame Ambrose of Milan's Method of Mystagogical Preaching should appeal to all who are interested in the early church, especially the Latin-Western church, to preachers, ministers, seminary students, and those involved in all aspects of Christian formation. It is an especially good resource for those working in RCIA, since it provides many in-depth insights into the sacramental and historic background of the sacrament of initiation.Pro Ecclesia This is a solid and useful study that serves more than academic interests.Theological Studies More than an excellent historical study, Satterlee's work makes Ambrose a contemporary teacher in the development of a model for mystagogy today. Indeed, Ambrose comes to life in these pages as bishop, theologian, liturgist, and, above all, as preacher and proclaimer of the Mysteries. Liturgists, catechists, and especially preachers will find this work stimulating, challenging, and highly useful in their work.Maxwell E. Johnson, University of Notre Dame Satterlee convincingly demonstrates that Ambrose, Bishop of Milan, was both a great thinker and a sensitive pastor. The mystagogical preaching as 'sustained reflection on the rites of initiation' that Ambrose employed in the fourth century is still applicable for the present age. In the final analysis, Satterlee becomes like the one he studied - a highly skilled mystagogical preacher. In a time when good preaching is desperately needed, this book is most opportune.Michael S. Driscoll, University of Notre Dame

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