Foreword -- By: James Thomas Spangler

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 091:361 (Jan 1934)
Article: Foreword
Author: James Thomas Spangler


Foreword

James Thomas Spangler

It is interesting and gratifying to note that, in the face of insistent demands that even the church submit to more or less radical changes, as voiced by men in varying religious attitudes, the sanest authorities on preaching are found in alignment with the certain Scriptural procedure and processes relative to the public ministration of the Scriptures. It is not my present purpose to discuss the several types, or kinds, of sermons, or to offer an exhaustive discussion of the more than rich Biblical material on preaching, in both Testaments, but rather to set forth the dominant notes in present day preaching in conservative pulpits. The larger and fuller discussion is reserved for a future issue of this periodical, and while it is not our purpose to publish sermons, we are happy to announce that in future issues there will appear, from time to time, the most worthwhile presentations on the life and work of the ministry, and on preaching.

The dominant notes in the present day conservative pulpit are instruction, doctrine and evangelism. No one can fail to note the necessary relation between these three, and their entire sufficiency, in the orderly exposition of the Scriptures. In them we have the fullest assurance that the unsaved will hear the “Good News,” and that the saints will have proclaimed to them the truth in relation to their walk in the Spirit, and in the life that is Christ.

As long as the called ones of God give themselves to this threefold preaching ministry the pulpit will stand on its own merits and in its own security.

James T. Spangler


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