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Calvin's Preaching Paperback – September 1, 1992

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press (September 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0664253091
  • ISBN-13: 978-0664253097
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 5.4 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,121,326 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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T. H. L. Parker was a widely respected authority on Calvin's life and thought. He was Reader in Theology at the University of Durham in England.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By on July 29, 1998
Format: Paperback
T.H.L. Parker has produced an outstanding contribution to the realm of Calvin scholarship as well as homiletics with his CALVIN'S PREACHING. The work explores multiple aspects of Calvin's theology and practice of preaching. The importance of preaching for the ministry and theology of Calvin is clear in this work, a long neglected yet vital aspect of Calvin's career as a Reformer and theologian.
Of particular intrigue to modern theologians and preachers is Calvin's view of preaching. The preacher is the mouthpiece of God, according to Calvin. This is a stunning claim for a contemporary Church where preaching is quickly finding itself replaced by cultural forms adopted from art, entertainment, and commerce. For Calvin, preaching is irreplaceable in the life and health of Christians and the Church.
Of particular insight for those interested in modern conflicts over the nature and authority of Scripture is the seamless relationship between the Word of God as Holy Sc! ripture and the Word of God as Preaching. Calvin, like Luther before him, held a sacramental view of preaching as the Word of God that has been lost in consequential Protestantism, a factor Parker attributes to Zwingli and other Protestants afterward who separated The Bible and Preaching as the Word of God, thus diminishing the latter and so doing injustice to the former. Likewise, both Calvin and Luther envisioned preaching as a verbal and audible event rather than a written manuscript. Consequently, neither wrote their sermons out before preaching them, unthinkable for many modern homileticians.
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