Gennifer Benjamin Brooks

in The Oxford Handbook of Methodist Studies

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199696116
Published online January 2010 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology


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This article discusses Methodist preaching. It argues that, in too many places and in too many sermons across Methodism, there is a dearth of good news and even less of Scripture. The idea of salvation as a necessity for Christian discipleship falters on the unwillingness of many to admit the presence of sin in human life, and the love of God is too often identified as synonymous with earthly gain and financial prosperity. In many places, good preaching has been characterised by good storytelling, whether or not the stories have any basis or grounding in Scripture. This practice is so far removed from the Wesleys' guidelines that it seems necessary, in a study of Methodist preaching, to unearth the roots and retrace the legacy which should inform the content and purpose of Methodist preaching even in the twentieth century.

Keywords: Methodism; Methodists; sermons; Scripture

Article.  7000 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Christianity

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