Radical Preaching

Can preaching again have something to say?
This blog marks the attempt to bring the theological vision of Radical Orthodoxy into the worship and preaching of the local church.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

What is the purpose of this blog?

Radical Orthodoxy is a theological movement that is a type of "ancient postmodernity." It calls for us to recover the patristic and medieval conception of the Triune God, creation ex nihilo, participation, and the centrality of the liturgy and sacraments. It also offers up a thorough critique of modernity and liberalism. It calls for the Church to shed its false humility and accomodation of modernity to proclaim again the Christian story, develop a Christian logic (over and against the modern myth of universal rationality), and to adhere to practices that will form Christian character necessary to participate in God's superabundant grace.

Preaching suffers today because it has become ensnared in all the pitfalls of modern society. Preaching is often little more than self-help or pop psychology. It is rational discourse. It is made to be the be all end all of Christian worship. Preaching is oftentimes placed in dialectical tension with theology. Theology becomes valid only "if it will preach."

This blog represents an attempt to, in Will Willimon's words, to "preach Christ and Him crucified, not humanity and it slightly improved." Thus, there are several ways I can see this blog going.

1) The development of a hermeneutics and homiletics that wrestle seriously with Radical Orthodoxy.

2) The connection of the Christian year put forward by the Christian calendar and the lectionary with the theological project of Radical Orthodoxy. For instance, the connection between Advent and Eschatology, Christmas and Incarnation, Epiphany and Revelation.

3) The connection of preaching each week with the key themes of Radical Orthodoxy.

I invite your comments and participation as we seek together to preach and embody the Gospel.


Blogger St.Phransus said...

sounds exciting. i look forward to following this blog. your definition of RO may be one of the clearest that ive read. thanks scott.


October 04, 2005 1:35 PM  
Blogger Eric Lee said...

Right on. I look forward to reading and participating along as well.



October 05, 2005 10:26 AM  
Blogger Jeremy D. Scott said...


Thanks for the word on this blog. I may check in now and then.

Do you preach weekly?

- J

October 06, 2005 5:13 AM  
Blogger Scott said...

Yes, I do. I'm the pastor of the Waycross First Church of the Nazarene in Waycross, GA (near Jacksonville, FL)

October 06, 2005 8:17 AM  
Blogger Et al said...

Hi there, I scanned this blog and was delighted to read your content as well as your willingness to receive comments and challenges.

I have no church home and may well adopt your blog as a way of receiving teaching in a safe and fresh way.

Are questions welcomed? I often need to understand through discussion and not just 'receiving'.

Cheers and peace to you

October 07, 2005 8:15 AM  
Blogger Scott said...

Of course, et al. Welcome to the blog. It is good to have you.

Grace and Peace,

October 07, 2005 9:26 AM  
Blogger Dale said...


I have added this blog to the ol' RSS feed. This looks great.


October 13, 2005 4:13 PM  
Blogger David said...

I am looking forward in actively participating in this project.

October 20, 2005 1:28 PM  

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