Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The Relationship between Homiletics and Theology

I am not despising homiletics as a topic for study in seminaries, but rather affirming that homiletics belongs properly to the department of practical theology and cannot be taught without a solid theological foundation.  To be sure, there are principles of preaching to be learned, and a practice to be developed, but it is easy to put too much confidence in these.  Technique can only make us orators; if our theology is right, then we have all the basic insights we need into what we ought to be doing, and all the incentives we need to induce us to do it faithfully. John Stott, Between Two Worlds, p. 92.

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