Concordia Theological Monthly

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Defects of Preaching

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sermon, lutheran, preaching, pulpit, meditation

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


At the present time there is no little complaint about poor preaching, and whether we like it or not, we must admit that much poor preaching is heard from Lutheran pulpits also: sermons that are shallow in reference to their Biblical content, sermons that do not supply the needs of the people, sermons poorly constructed, sermons not well delivered. When people sit through a sermon Sunday after Sunday, they ought to be strengthened in their faith, warned against sin, especially the sins of their time, encouraged to lead a Christian life, comforted in their troubles, advanced in Christian knowledge. But some sermons do not supply these very needs. There is too much of a filling in a half hour, more or less, in the pulpit with a talk that is not unorthodox but that does not grip the hearts of the hearers.


Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

Scripture References in this Resource (separated by semi-colons)

Matthew 5:15-16; Isaiah 40:9; 2 Timothy 4:1-4; 2 Corinthians 8:9; Romans 12:1-2;

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars