Interpreting the Book of Isaiah

Lee E. Snook

Article Type: Texts in Context

Publication Date: 10/1/1983

Issue: Luther (Vol. 3, No 4, Fall, 1983)

What is “prophetic” preaching? In the decade of the sixties it was in vogue to exhort one another to have the courage to be prophetic. Courage was surely necessary because the general notion of “prophetic” meant to be against the establishment and all that it represented. Inasmuch as most congregations had substantial ties to the establishment it was well-nigh impossible to prophesy against the powers that be without at the same time striking people who were parishioners. But was it prophetic if its only distinguishing marks were an anti-establishment stance? And what is the difference between preaching protest against the establishment and preaching partisan politics?

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