Context, Craft, and Kerygma : Two Thousand Years of Great Sermons

Many people are generous in their praise and gratitude for a good sermon. But as many a deacon, priest, or bishop will agree, one of the clearest signs of a sermon that has affected someone deeply is when that sermon is remembered. The words "I 've been thinking about that sermon you preac...

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Main Author: MacPherson, Clair W. (Author)
Format: Electronic Article
Language: English
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Published: [2019]
In: Anglican theological review
Year: 2019, Volume: 101, Issue: 1, Pages: 9-25
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Summary: Many people are generous in their praise and gratitude for a good sermon. But as many a deacon, priest, or bishop will agree, one of the clearest signs of a sermon that has affected someone deeply is when that sermon is remembered. The words "I 've been thinking about that sermon you preached last month on ...", or something similar, are therefore even nwre welcome than "thank you fo r that great sermon today!" This article considers sermons that meet this criterion: most have been remembered for centuries. They are clear, striking, and thoughtfid, in many different ways, and they were (as we shall see) relevant in their own eras, yet are still relevant today. In the words of the Book of Common Prayer, every one of these sermons "proclaims the Gospel ... and [speaks ] the truth".
ISSN: 0003-3286