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Contemporary prophetic preaching theory in the United States of America and South Africa: A comparative study through the lens of shared Reformation roots

Leonora Tubbs Tisdale, Friedrich W. de Wet
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 70, No 2 | a1337 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v70i2.1337 | © 2014 Leonora Tubbs Tisdale, Friedrich W. de Wet | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 25 September 2012 | Published: 05 February 2014

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Leonora Tubbs Tisdale, Department of Homiletics, Yale Divinity School, United States
Friedrich W. de Wet, Department of Practical Theology, North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus, South Africa

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In this article two homileticians – one from the United States of America (USA) and one from South Africa (SA) − enter into a dialog regarding how the task of prophetic preaching today might be revived, reframed and redefined in light of the Reformation principle of the viva vox Evangelii [living voice of the gospel]. Each author begins by summarising four contemporary approaches to prophetic preaching set forth by Reformed and Lutheran homiletical scholars in their respective contexts. Then each addresses the questions: Where do I particularly see Reformation themes and emphases at work in the work of these homileticians? And how might those Reformation emphases continue to challenge and reframe preaching practices today? Finally, each gives initial eflections on how a comparison between the perspectives deeens and expands his or her nderstanding of prophetic preaching and its role in church and society.


Prophetic preaching; USA perspective; South Africa perspective; Reformation roots


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