May 17, 2012

Anthropological Versus Theological Preaching

"Much preaching today is anthropological rather than theological. In an anthropological sermon, the acting subject is the human being with his hopes, needs, wishes, and religious longings, rather than the God who moves in on human beings whether they have spiritual inclinations or not. In an anthropological sermon, the central appeal is is made to the human decision. More and more, the central theological divide in the churches has to do with the matter of the acting subject: is it us, or is it God?"

Fleming Rutledge, And God Spoke to Abraham: Preaching from the Old Testament (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2011), 8.

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