25 February 2013

New Lutheran Quote of the Day

Viewed from its position in the evangelical divine service, the sermon is clearly sacramental.—Timothy C. J. Quill, "Theodosius Harnack and Liturgical Preaching," Lord Jesus Christ, Will You Not Stay?, p. 270.


Unknown said...

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought the criteria for sacraments in the Lutheran churches were 1) instituted by Christ and 2) has a physical element. The sermon fails in both criteria.

William Weedon said...

Sacramental is here used as in our Confessions in contradistinction to sacrificial: i.e., as something where God is active giving.