During the period from April to May 1994 South Africans amazed the world with the peaceful and joyous political transition from apartheid to a free and democratic country. This event was preceded by a long and painful struggle for liberation. The churches, with Archbishop Desmond Tutu in the forefront, played a remarkable role in this struggle. This book offers a scholarly analysis of a selection of Tutu's sermons, speeches and statements over a period of fifteen years. The analysis of the content of his texts yields a handful of practical theological insights for the communication of the gospel in every context of oppression, injustice and poverty. The structure of argumentation in his sermons and speeches is explained, the striking dialogical style of communication of his prophetic preaching is displayed and his success in motivating oppressed people to keep on hoping and to act in an effective, peaceful way for liberation is discussed. Based on the nature C-f Tutu's prophetic preaching, guidelines for prophetic preaching in the new challenge for socio-economic liberation are indicated. Desmond Tutu has shown, by preaching effectively in a prophetic mode during the dark days of apartheid, that the Christian religion is, indeed, a major motivational force in the struggle for liberation.