Why do we preach and do theology? How do we relate them? And how do they relate to God’s word?
Theology Is for Preaching helps preachers with theology and theologians with preaching. Though diverse in contexts and disciplines, the contributors share a commitment to equipping the saints to “rightly handle the word of truth.” Through essays on foundations, methods, employing theology for preaching, and preaching for theology, this volume will equip preachers and theologians to engage deeply with the text of the Bible and communicate its meaning with clarity.
For thoughtful preachers, reading Theology Is for Preaching is like donning a warm sweater on a cold evening. ... Devotion to Scripture, sound thought, and pastoral discernment characterize the book and will provide the like-minded with heart-warming assurance of the Lord’s blessing upon, and provision for, the pastoral calling in a secularizing world.
–Bryan Chapell, Pastor Emeritus, Grace Presbyterian Church, author of Christ-Centered Preaching
This book is a treasure trove of sound instruction from wise mentors for anyone who dares to open up the Bible in front of others seeking to teach it faithfully and effectively.
–Nancy Guthrie, Bible teacher and author, host of the Help Me Teach the Bible podcast
Theology Is for Preaching argues every context, every text, every doctrine, and every true exegesis employed in preaching should be grounded in biblical theology and is a necessary study for preachers seeking to understand the relationship between theology and preaching.
–Robert Smith, Jr., Charles T. Carter Baptist Chair of Divinity, Beeson Divinity School, Samford University
This is an irenic, practical and at times doxological book that will help readers come to a clearer understanding of the preached word and the God who speaks through it. Highly recommended.
–Carl R Trueman, Grove City College
“Third, because God’s word is the substance of what is preached, there is an appropriate mode of delivery in proclamation.” (Page xx)
“Finally, it is the evangel that we preach, and so there is an appropriately Christological focus to proclamation” (Page xxi)
“our theology informs our reading of Scripture, and our reading of Scripture continues to refine our theology.” (Page 10)
“Although the intellect which educes consequences is fallible, it does not follow that the consequences themselves are false and uncertain … The possibility of being deceived is different from being actually deceived; the being at fault sometimes from being so always.’23 Therefore, if the theologian reaches conclusions (consequences) from Scripture, these conclusions are not necessarily tainted. The purity of the foundation—the word of God—ensures the purity (or possibility of purity) of the product.” (Page 7)
“Theology does not spring from the mind of man, but instead works from the revealed word of God. Theology ‘is not invention but referral.’29 Good theology is that which demonstrates ‘a prompt eagerness to hearken to God’s voice.’” (Page 8)
Studies in Historical and Systematic Theology is a peer-reviewed series of contemporary monographs exploring key figures, themes, and issues in historical and systematic theology from an evangelical perspective.
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Chase R. Kuhn (PhD, Western Sydney) is coordinator of the John Chapman Preaching Initiative, director of the Centre for Christian Living, and lecturer in theology and ethics at Moore Theological College in Sydney, Australia.
Paul Grimmond is dean of students and lecturer in ministry at Moore Theological College, in Sydney, Australia. He is the author of Suffering Well: The Predictable Surprise of Christian Suffering and coauthor of The Archer and the Arrow: Preaching the Very Words of God.