The basic theological affirmation developed in this volume is the concept of preaching as the act in which ""the very word of God"" is ""published,"" and man encounters the ""crucified and resurrected Lord."" The phrase, Word of God, is understood as the creative action of God accomplished when He speaks. The author approaches this theme through an imaginary conversation with the philosopher, Lessing, who asks how he, in his day, was to behold the demonstration of the Spirit and power, which preaching should embody. From this beginning, the author proceeds to construct a view of Christian communication, theologically understood, and broadens the discussion to include pastoral care and parish life. The theological positions of Bultmann, Barth, and their predecessor, Blumhardt, are drawn upon, critically. The result is a solid exposition of the pastoral office in terms of what is popularly known as ""Continental Theology."" How relevant this concept is to the American scene may be questioned by some readers. For students, clergy, and seminary teachers of practical theology.