By James Kenneth Hamrick

In a relativistic postmodern age that's skeptical of propositional fact claims yet that's "wired" for photos and tales, the enduring nature of Orthodox preaching deals a compelling resolution for successfully speaking the Gospel of Jesus Christ. notwithstanding preaching kinds have different broadly throughout background and cultures, it really is Orthodox preaching, via advantage of its faithfulness to the sacred apostolic and patristic traditions, its vital connection to the sacramental and liturgical lifetime of the Church, and its functioning in tandem with Orthodox spirituality which conveys itself as iconic. Orthodox Preaching because the Oral Icon of Christ addresses the present main issue of preaching in our age and methods the homiletical self-discipline from an iconological standpoint, revealing how Orthodox preaching sacramentally mediates the presences of the Risen Lord in the course of the meeting via crafty and imaginitive observe photographs wherein lives are for my part touched and reworked. simply as Orthodox icons are understood to be "windows into heaven," so potent Orthodox preaching can be understood to move the listener into the area of the Holy the place lives should be interpreted and transfigured within the mild of the Gospel and certainly within the very presence of Christ. ___ Father James ok. Hamrick is a clergyman within the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North the USA and at the moment serves because the founding pastor of St. John the Baptist challenge in Lewistown, Maryland. in the course of his 20 years of pastoral ministry, Father James has bought a number of invites to evangelise and converse at a number of venues. His sermons are aired every one Sunday morning at the resource Christian Radio (AM 1450 and at the place he had formerly served as a founding member of the radio station's Board of administrators. Father James holds masters' levels from Holy Trinity Theological university & Seminary and from the collage of Balamand. he's a existence member of the glory Society of Phi Kappa Phi, a Knight of the Order of St. Ignatius of Antioch, and a member of the Fellowship of St. Alban and St. Sergius in Oxford, England. Father James and his spouse, Pamela, live in Thurmont, Maryland, and revel in visits from their 4 grown youngsters and younger granddaughters.

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41 It is from this place of worship that theōria as a hermeneutic methodology is ultimately located, and as we will see in Chapter 2, it is also in the context of liturgical worship that the oral icon of Christ, as presented in preaching, is properly placed. Chapter 2 Placement of the Icon: The Liturgical Setting of Preaching Our Protestant brethren have a great deal to teach us about the central place of the Word of God in Christian life and missions. As Orthodox, however, our responsibility is to insist upon the fact that the true place of the Word — its exegesis as well as its proclamation — is within the liturgical, sacramental community of the Church.

The very expression “Word of God” was restricted to the Bible and its exposition. “The Word” thus became a purely verbal phenomenon. 60 Ironically, despite the skewed emphasis on preaching and biblical exegesis, this purely verbal approach to the Word of God by many segments of Protestantism has done violence to its own evangelical cause. The Word preached apart from any sense of its sacramental character deriving from its place in the Liturgy results in the diminishment of the iconic nature of preaching and its power to mediate the presence of God whereby hearts encounter the saving grace of God made manifest in the fullness of the Good News of God in Christ.

73 Clearly, the sacramentality of preaching is integral to the divine work of God in mediating His grace and holy presence through the material signs of both Word and Sacrament. Therefore the appropriate place for preaching as the oral icon of Christ is in the midst of the liturgical assembly where God has chosen to reveal Himself through the weakness of human words and through the common elements of bread and wine. The Gospel may certainly be proclaimed by the evangelist in a stadium or on the street corner, but preaching that is truly iconic is preaching that is united to the worship of God in the fullness of sacramental grace.

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