In Season: Preaching to the Post/Modern Choir

Friday, 29 Feb 2008

Edmund Clowney's words are still true: "Preaching must be theological." We must preach doctrinal indicatives! As J. G. Machen said so well, "Christianity" [and I would add preaching] cannot "live without theology."
There is a dreadful ditch in Christianity, a wedge between propositional truth and personal practice. Kevin Vanhoozer calls it "a debilitating dichotomy between theory and practice." (1) Although we probably should not reduce this dichotomy to a battle between modern or postmodern Christians, it is helpful to see how each approaches doctrine, or for our purposes, preaching. The former generally emphasizes doctrinal-propositional-preaching while the latter emphasizes holistic, relevant sermons. Modernist preaching says instruct while postmodernist says authenticate. If we look at both, we can better understand ...

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