Learning the Human Heart: Reading for Preaching

Stephanie K. Frey

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 4/1/1993

Issue: Literature (Vol. 13, No 2, Spring, 1993)

Everybody needs to be fed. We all need food that nourishes our bodies. Christians need to be fed with the Lord’s supper and with God’s word as it is proclaimed. Preachers need to feast upon that same word, and upon other words in order to feed their hearers with sturdy sermons that bring to bear the life-giving gospel of Jesus. The questions to be asked in this essay are these: How does literature teach us about the human heart? What is there to be learned through the reading of literature that can feed the art of proclamation?

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