Date of Award
Doctor of Theology (ThD)
Scripture References in this Resource (separated by semi-colons)
Romans 3:24; 1 Corinthians 1:23; 2 Corinthians 4:3,4; 2 Timothy 3:16, 17; Acts 4:11,12; Deuteronomy 4:2; Hebrews 1:2; Isaiah 8:20; Jeremiah 8:8,9; John 20:31; John 5:46, 47; Joshua 23:6; Luke 16:29; Romans 12:6;
Walther persistently asserted that the understanding and proper distinction between Law and Gospel is vital to correct or orthodox preaching even to the point of holding this understanding up as the "supreme art among Christians." If a person is to be a serious practitioner of the Word of God, he must aspire to this skill or ability.
The value of this study then is twofold: our hypothesis was that C. F. W. Walther's classic work could be distilled into a pithy corpus and from this digest a set of criteria could be drawn from which objective judgments could be made regarding the work of Clovis G. Chappell. We, then, have arrived at a useful tool valuable in its own right. At the completion of this research we will have in hand a tool that will facilitate, for serious students of the Word, the making of judgments on their work or the works of others in light of Walther's test for correct or orthodox preaching. Does this sermon properly distinguish between Law and Gospel? This is the first of the two values of our study.
The second value of this study is that the work of Clovis Chappell will have been studied and evaluated in the light of the proper distinction between Law and Gospel. Chappell's skill or ability to properly distinguish between Law and Gospel will have been objectively evaluated against the gist of C. F. W. Walther's classic work. The question as to whether Chappell is, or is not, a correct model for those who would properly distinguish between the Law and the Gospel will have been objectively addressed.
Carpenter, William, "The Preaching of Clovis G Chappell- A Study of the Published Sermons in Light of the Proper Distinction Between Law and Gospel as Articulated by C. F. W. Walther" (1983). Doctor of Theology Dissertation. 106.
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