Two Restrictions for a Theological Focus Statement
In Abe Kuruvilla's recent volume on preaching, he discusses what he calls a theological focus statement which, if I understand it properly, is a curated or distilled statement of what the author is doing in a given text. He gives two restrictions about the theological focus statement.
But, I wonder about the second restrictions. I can see how a first person pronoun might not be the best. But would using something like "you" somehow impinge on the universality of the statement? I'm not so sure.
Abraham Kuruvilla, A Manual for Preaching: The Journey from Text to Sermon (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2019), 41
- That it shouldn't be an imperative since imperatives should be reserved for application.
- That it should not have any first or second person pronouns since presumably all God's people are being addressed.
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