This article contrasts Haddon W. Robinson’s Biblical Preaching with Charles T. Crabtree’s Pentecostal Preaching and provides an analysis to contribute to a Pentecostal theology of preaching. It shows the importance of maintaining faithfulness to the Spirit’s past and present work for preaching, reflected in Robinson’s and Crabtree’s emphases. Preachers must diligently study the written word — inspired by the Spirit — in order to appropriate it best for the preached word, while also remaining sensitive to the Spirit’s present leading. The article also goes beyond the two authors’ emphases, revealing the value of the Spirit’s work for preaching among the congregation, in the future, and within the triune God.
See Richard Lischer“Introduction: The Promise of Renewal,” in The Company of Preachers: Wisdom on Preaching Augustine to the Presented. Richard Lischer (Grand Rapids MI: Eerdmans 202) xiii-xvi; Thomas G. Long The Witness of Preaching 2nd ed. (Louisville: Westminster John Knox 205) 15-18.