Text, Church, and World: A Theology of Expository Preaching

Wednesday, 07 Jan 2009

The church is God's new humanity, an example of the future new creation given in advance to the old creation, a sign of the world to come where everything is brought together under the unending reign of Jesus the King.
All over the world, every Sunday, countless sermons are delivered. What is happening-or should be happening-when a human preacher stands to proclaim God's Word? There are many forms of pulpit address that might go under the name of preaching. In the best of them, the Bible is always present in some defining way; but a preacher with an open Bible is simply a necessary, not sufficient, requirement. Although plenty of sermons take their starting point from the biblical text, the shape and aim of the sermon end up far removed from the purpose of the passage used. It ...

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