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Ministerial Sermon
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[German Version]

The ministerial sermon is a spiritual address (Preaching) given on special religious occasions (Ministerial offices). Its task is to link the interpretation of concrete human fates with biblical messages. The homiletic problem (Homiletics) lies in the question of priority: does the exposition of the biblical text take precedence, or does the specific existential situation constitute the point of departure? Authors influenced by K. Barth sought to bring the witness of the gospel to bear upon the pastoral casus. They feared the predominance of the casus and the mis…

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Winkler, Eberhard, “Ministerial Sermon”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 02 December 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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