A Jagged Contention

Preaching and Proclamation


“Proclamation, is explicit declaration of the good news, the gospel, the kerygma… Proclamation is more specific than preaching because not all that we ordinarily call preaching – teaching, edifying, ethical exhortation, persuasion, apologies for Christian living – is necessarily proclamation. At the same time, proclamation is more comprehensive because it occurs apart from formal preaching, most notably in the sacraments and the liturgy, but also in the everyday mutual conversation of Christians.”

– Gerhard O. Forde, “Theology is for Proclamation” (1-2)


To make his argument regarding proclamation Forde clarifies his terms; most notably a distinction between preaching and proclamation. Is this distinction helpful for assessing the mission and ministry of the church?

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