Luther's Pulpit practice…
The first volume of Luther's Church Postil (LW 75, sermons for the church year) is out, and I hope you've been enjoying it. Recently, I've had the pleasure of reviewing the next volume of the Church Postil, and as I did so, I became very aware of Luther's preaching style. Luther's preaching was popular at his time, but why? I think readers of these sermons and all preachers can benefit by understanding the basic structure of how Luther preaches.
The next few points are not always present for each Bible verse or section. Luther uses them like tools to communicate the verse or section under consideration.
A final thought about Luther's preaching: The reformer studied and prepared for his preaching, but he did not preach from a manuscript. Instead, he usually preached from a brief outline or notes. Stenographers recorded his sermons, and then sometimes these shorthand, Latin-German notes were filled out and put into print. For an excellent example of how Luther's preaching went from an outline to stenographer's notes to print, see LW 69:373–401.
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Benjamin T. G. Mayes