A Jagged Contention: Theology without Preaching

“But it is equally clear that…this generation of theologians—with few but significant exceptions—has defined its calling by pushing off against the preaching of the church. Theology has been professionalized; it has become a guild unto itself. Turned in upon themselves, the theologians have kept the church at a safe distance, treating preaching as incidental instead of as the goal of theological reflection. And so the church, with rare exceptions, has passed over this generation of theologians when it has sought leadership, leaving the guild to its own standards and devices and telling the schools, with increasingly slim financing, to fend for themselves.”

  • James Arne Nestigen, “Preaching Repentance” in Justification Is for Preaching, ed. Virgil Thompson, pgs. 231-232.


What are the results when theology is treated apart from the task of preaching? Why is it dangerous to treat theology as just another academic discipline? Why should theology always aim at the pulpit?

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