Preaching and the Rhetoric of Promise

Richard Lischer

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 1/1/1988

Issue: Spirituality and Community (Vol. 8, No 1, Winter, 1988)

Preaching is in trouble today because it does not know that it is in trouble. Contemporary preaching appears to be fat and self-satisfied with its role in church and society, and no useful purpose will be served by resurrecting another generation’s anguish or by attempting to document something so obvious and perennial as bad preaching. It is more important to expose the root of the crisis in homiletics and to suggest a solution that already lies at the heart of the Christian tradition.

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