The Once and Future "Pulpit": Hearing Gerhard Ebeling Again

  • Sam Persons-Parkes


The hermeneutical theology of Gerhard Ebeling has been tremendously influential upon New Homiletic preaching. This influence has been rightly critiqued. Ebeling’s theology, when pushed too far, invites pastors to overconfident and irresponsible uses of language and reinforces a hierarchical gap between preacher and hearer. Nevertheless, Ebeling’s encouragement to vigorously engage secular life with a public homiletic is a crucial aspect of his thought. This aspect was present in some early writings of the New Homiletic, but has been largely ignored by subsequent practitioners. Developing a more public homiletic prevents proclamation from becoming ingrown and calls preachers to a greater linguistic engagement beyond church walls.

How to Cite
PERSONS-PARKES, Sam. The Once and Future "Pulpit": Hearing Gerhard Ebeling Again. Homiletic, [S.l.], v. 37, n. 1, june 2012. ISSN 2152-6923. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 13 july 2020.