Stepping into the Pulpit with Utmost Care…

In doing a little application for my sermon on Zechariah 5, I came across this quote by Michael Horton: Karl Barth wrote about the trepidation that should ordinarily accompany pastors as they climb the steps to the exalted pulpit. "This does not mean that when pastors speak officially, then with their words they enjoy a …

The Church in the World: A Fifth Wheel?

I'm no Barthian nor the son of a Barthian, but I do appreciate some aspects of Barth.  Take this following quote, for example.  Here he is bold: he states what the church cannot do and why she must not do it.  This is helpful, in my opinion, as we consider the role of the church …

Preaching Today? 150 Years Ago?

In the first chapter of his book, Homiletics, Karl Barth evaluates several homiletics/preaching books written by other professors that came before him.  In the middle of this section, Barth evaluates A. Vinet's (d. 1847) view of homiletics (Vinet was a disciple of F. Schleiermacher).  Even if these names are confusing or uniteresting, please note this quote.  This explanation of preaching, I think, is …

Preaching, Thomas Long, and Karl Barth Part I

  Thomas Long writes on Barth's view of preaching and then reflects on the current situation: People in our culture, "believe in their hearts that God is present, but they just don't expect to find God in church, in worship, in preaching.  God is present, they say, but not in there, not in that heavy …

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