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law, gospel, preaching, christian life, lutheran, sermon, theology, coram

Submission Type

Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


This paper evaluates the impact of C. F. W. Walther’s Law and Gospel and Richard Caemmerer’s goal, malady, means approach to homiletics, also discussing the potential trap of law-gospel reductionism. A suggested pathway forward is a reemphasis on a creedal approach to Lutheran theology and preaching as well as a renewal of rhetoric as foundational to ultimately restoring a positive view of the third use or function of the law in Lutheran preaching. Having done so, the reader may certainly apply this positive view of the law as it relates to preaching on other topics related to the Christian Life including justice, compassion, and race relations.


Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

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Submission Audience

Laity; Ministers; Scholars

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C.F.W. Walther