Working on Our Grammar:: William Willimon on Why Being Catechized Is Like Learning a Foreign Language

Tuesday, 12 Jun 2007

In last issue's Free Space column, we sat down with the dean of the Duke Chapel, Methodist minister Will Willimon, to discuss preaching. As the complete interview was too long to run but too good to truncate, we saved a portion of that interchange that touched on catechesis and discipleship for this issue. -EDS. MR: Professor Willimon, you have been critical of viewing preaching primarily as translation. This "translation mode" has long been popular in liberalism but we now hear of it all the time in conservative circles as well. Help us understand ...

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