A Lutheran Primer for Preaching: A Theological and Practical Approach to Sermon Writing
A Lutheran Primer for Preaching is designed to provide new pastors with a sound, biblical method to construct a sermon. And all pastors, new and experienced alike, will benefit from this first-published proposal for a theology of preaching from a distinctly Lutheran perspective. Rev. Dr. Edward Grimenstein outlines this uniquely Lutheran theology for preaching, while at the same time offering a scriptural model for sermon construction that may be employed by all pastors.
Over the past fifty years, many negative practices have snuck into the Church's preaching which still hold influence to this day, such as: regarding the Scriptures as distant stories with little impact upon the present world, viewing sermons as times for moralistic and educational teaching, and even treating Jesus more like an idol on a shelf rather than as the Creator of the universe. Theologies like “historical criticism” continually question the inerrancy of Scripture, authority of the spoken Word, and the role of Scripture in becoming normative for the life of the Church.
This primer provides pastors with a practical guide that counters common challenges that all modern preachers face during their ministry.
“Dr. Grimenstein’s A Lutheran Primer for Preaching is the first confessional Lutheran framework on preaching produced in more than a generation. Not since Richard Caemmerer has a Missouri Synod homiletician offered a theological and practical approach to Law and Gospel preaching that is both textual and Christological. Grimenstein covers the theological foundation of preaching and then offers a practical 5-page method for developing a sermon that brings out the Word of God for the Lord’s people in a meaningful way. The book originally was conceived as a primer for preaching to be used in the mission field, but its value expands beyond the mission field as a helpful tool for seminarians, new pastors, and experienced pastors who would like to hone their preaching skills.”
—Rev. Dr. Albert B. Collver, LCMS Director of Church Relations / Regional Operations and Assistant to the President
About the Author
Rev. Dr. Edward O. Grimenstein earned a Th.D. in Homiletics from the University of Toronto. He has been a guest instructor in homiletics at Concordia Seminary and is a former associate professor of rhetoric at Houghton College. He speaks and writes frequently on homiletics. Grimenstein currently serves The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod as the Associate Executive Director for the Office of International Mission. He resides in Wildwood, MO, with his wife, Tevia, and their seven children.