T. David Gordon on Preaching as Spiritual Cartography
Conscientious preachers have long wrestled with the question of homiletical relevance: how to make Christian proclamation “relevant” to their hearers. Ordinarily, wrestling with the question of relevance is understood to be a homiletical activity; I believe that it is also a theological activity, not merely a homiletical one.
That is to say, the question—how the redemptive work of God is relevant to hearers of that redemptive work—is not merely a rhetorical one. It is not merely a question of how we gain the interest or attention of our hearers to our message. Yes, we preachers are responsible to preach “in a language understanded by the . . .
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T. David Gordon is Professor of Religion and Greek at Grove City College. His notes on John’s Gospel appear in the New Geneva Study Bible and the Reformation Study Bible, and his articles have appeared in New Testament Studies, Journal for the Evangelical Theological Society, Modern Reformation, and other periodicals. He, his wife, and their two daughters live in Grove City, Pennsylvania, and attend Grace Anglican Fellowship in nearby Slippery Rock.
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