Embodied Superintendence: The Person of the Preacher in Lutheran Homiletics Especially in Relation to Cultural Identity
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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Scripture References in this Resource
John 3:30; 1 Corinthians 4:1; 2 Corinthians 4:5; 1 Timothy 3; 2 Timothy 4; Titus 1; Revelation 7
Over the past several decades, the greater homiletical academy has progressed from questions of authority to dialogics to identity, both of the preacher and of the hearers. Within this timeframe, modern Lutheran homiletics has stayed relatively silent on considerations of the person of the preacher, opting instead for certain foundational homiletical truths including the efficacy of the Word of God, the proclamation of justification, and the authority of the Ministerium. After recovering the consideration of the person of the preacher as a foundational Lutheran homiletic, this work explores the formational significance of the preacher’s cultural identity by offering a theoretical consideration called “Embodied Superintendence.” Holding to the Lutheran belief that God is speaking through the preacher, considerations of his cultural identity can form and inform the ways in which the preaching task is effected, particularly in regards to the preacher’s study and preparation, character, and personality. “Embodied Superintendence” therein offers a corrective to the greater homiletical academy in regards to identity politics and intersectionality by centering the preaching task on the gospel of Jesus Christ and yet allowing cultural identity to be formative in helpful ways.
Matyas, Dennis, "Embodied Superintendence: The Person of the Preacher in Lutheran Homiletics Especially in Relation to Cultural Identity" (2023). Doctor of Philosophy Dissertation. 150.
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