Review of Walter C. Kaiser, Jr., “The Crisis in Expository Preaching Today,” Preaching (September/October 1995): 4-12.
As the title indicates, Walter Kaiser believed there was a “crisis in expository preaching” in the pulpit. That was 22 years ago this month. Has the situation gotten better or worse over the past two decades? A recent Gallup poll suggests that “sermon content is what appeals most to churchgoers,” and not just any sermon content, but content based on the Bible. Maybe Kaiser’s warning was heeded after all.
Kaiser argued that there was never a widespread demand in the American church for systematically laying out and explaining biblical texts for contemporary listeners. That was a crisis to him because only expository preaching could afford the Scriptures their rightful place in setting both the agenda and the diet for a congregation’s spiritual health.
Moreover, the much revered Old Testament scholar contended that…
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