COMMENTS ON THE SELECT SERMON SERIESAndrew W. Blackwood, Professor Emeritus, Princeton Theological Seminary, was professor of homiletics from 1930 to 1935, and head of the practical department 1936–1950. He is author of 22 volumes, 10 of which were book club selections. Among those for ministers 17 are still on the active list.
During the current year CHRISTIANITY TODAY has from month to month published a series of sermons by representatives of various denominations and “newer churches.” These eleven sermons were chosen independently by professors of preaching from different evangelical seminaries. Partly for this reason the successive messages do not conform to any one pattern. As a whole they set forth clearly and strongly what the evangelical movement in America stands for today. The stress falls mainly on use of the Bible in preaching doctrine to meet the spiritual needs of men today.
Each message carries a terse and able comment by the professor who sponsors the sermon. These comments stress mainly what we used to call homiletics. In view of what these professors commend, we as evangelicals ought to expect among their students the right sort of training about what to preach, as well as why, and how. In addition to biblical content and Christian spirit, the professors call special attention to sturdy structure of sermons, and to clarity of style.—ANDREW W. BLACKWOOD.
This discussion will mean more to any reader who works through the 1961 files of CHRISTIANITY TODAY and once more reads the monthly sermons with the comments. At the end of such a second perusal every reader should give thanks to God for the strength of evangelical preaching today. The ministerial reader should dedicate himself anew to these same ideals, and ...1
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