Preach the Word – June/July 1998

Volume 1, Number 6

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Objectivity and Subjectivity in Lutheran Preaching

A lot of sermons betray that the preacher is not clear about the relationship between the objective and the subjective… . Luther’s heart ached for something solid, something outside of himself that could give him assurance of where he stood with God… . Another objective reality is that God’s chosen substitute provided the perfection God demanded and paid in full the awful penalty God demanded.

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Appropriate Language for Your Sermon

Sermon language must not only be clear enough to be understood, but so clear that it cannot be misunderstood… . It’s therefore important for the preacher to make sure that there is a constant stream of concrete sensory images behind his words… . Well written sermons do not leave our hearers guessing what we mean.

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