Orthodox Preaching as the Oral Icon of Christ by James Kenneth Hamrick

By James Kenneth Hamrick

In a relativistic postmodern age that's skeptical of propositional fact claims yet that's "wired" for pictures and tales, the enduring nature of Orthodox preaching deals a compelling resolution for successfully speaking the Gospel of Jesus Christ. even though preaching types have different broadly throughout historical past and cultures, it's Orthodox preaching, via advantage of its faithfulness to the sacred apostolic and patristic traditions, its necessary 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 drawback 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 photos wherein lives are in my view touched and reworked. simply as Orthodox icons are understood to be "windows into heaven," so potent Orthodox preaching could be understood to move the listener into the area of the Holy the place lives could be interpreted and transfigured within the gentle of the Gospel and certainly within the very presence of Christ. ___ Father James okay. Hamrick is a clergyman within the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North the United States 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 got various invites to evangelise and converse at numerous venues. His sermons are aired every one Sunday morning at the resource Christian Radio (AM 1450 and at www.wthu.org) 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 collage & Seminary and from the college of Balamand. he's a lifestyles member of the consideration 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, stay in Thurmont, Maryland, and revel in visits from their 4 grown teenagers and younger granddaughters.

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The revelatory art of preaching, therefore, is not solely a human endeavor, but neither is the human quality of preaching swallowed up in the divine, as Florovsky explains, “There is no accommodation to human frailty. The point is rather that the human tongue does not lose its natural features to become a vehicle of divine revelation. If we want the divine word to ring clear, our tongue is not to leave off being human. What is human is not swept away by divine inspiration, it is only transfigured.

Among those faculty members, I especially wish to thank and acknowledge my first reader, the Very Rev. , and my second reader, the Very Rev. D. I also want to thank my friend and former mentor, the Rev. , Dean of Holy Trinity Theological College & Seminary, who led me to the doorsteps of Holy Orthodoxy; and His Grace Bishop Thomas Joseph who brought me safely home to the Church. Finally, in all things, I offer thanksgiving, praise, and glory to the Holy and Undivided Trinity: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, from Whom all life and blessings flow.

I will rather limit my examination of Orthodox preaching to preaching that is integral to the whole of the sacramental and liturgical life of the Church as possessing the possibility of being iconic, of communicating and sacramentally mediating the presence of Christ in the assembly of the faithful. This is not intended to minimize the value of evangelistic preaching within the mission fields, or catechetical preaching to those desiring to enter the Church, however Orthodox preaching presupposes an Orthodox faith as contextualized, vivified, and enfleshed by the Body of Christ, the Church lived out and made visible and manifest in liturgical and Eucharistic community.

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