The end of preaching?

Garwood Anderson has an excellent post on preaching over at Covenant.

The end of preaching is the edification of God’s people gathered in worship. Preaching can perform numerous other functions, many of them noble, but if it does not edify, it fails to fulfill its end. Listeners might be moved, inspired, informed, entertained, and impressed, but preaching that does any or all of that but does not bear the fruits of repentance and righteousness in the preacher and listeners, still fails. A lot of exceptional preaching — the best preaching we have ever heard — fails.


Am I really arguing for the end of homiletics? That’s a little severe, isn’t it? One might even say rhetorical. But what if we were to say that by “homiletics” we mean nothing more or less than the applied convergence of biblical exegesis, the cure of souls, and ascetical theology. Biblical exegesis, because preaching must always be the proclamation of God’s word. The cure of souls, because preaching is for the edification of God’s people. Ascetical theology, because preaching is the spiritual act of a servant and preachers must preach what they practice.

Read the whole thing here. I promise it’s worth your while.

About Michael R. Jones

Pastor and PhD candidate writing on Paul's theology of suffering.
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