William Willimon, Peculiar Speech: Preaching to the Baptized, p. 13.
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Friday, March 04, 2016
Without an Authoritative Text, the Preacher Has Nothing to Say
When the [biblical] text is not authoritative, the preacher's speech is in jeopardy and we have nowhere to stand. Inadequate ecclesiology is often at the bottom of our ineffective hermeneutics. The Scripture is not just text, it is Scripture, canon, Baptism asserts that we meet and speak under an identity that challenges and endangers all other identities. The texts from which we must preach have few epistemological allies in the world. They cannot be easily translated, transposed, into our psychological, sociological speech.