TRS – Patrick Sutherland
Contemporary preaching has been shaped dramatically by the influence and challenges of postmodernity. The New Homiletic responded to these challenges by placing considerable emphasis on impacting the listener’s experience of the sermon and by developing new methodologies for sermon presentation. However, does this approach reflect the true theological nature of preaching? Further, is genuine transformation in listeners’ lives brought about by using the right methodology? By examining and applying the work of Albert Borgmann, this presentation will offer a critique of the approach offered by the New Homiletic and will alternatively offer an understanding of the theological nature of preaching. Primarily, that of preaching as a focal practice that conceives of the role of the preacher as that of navigator.
Patrick Sutherland grew up in Northern Ontario and has served in a variety of roles in pastoral and para-church ministries. In this service, Patrick developed a love for preaching which led him to pursue academic study as a PhD student, here at McMaster Divinity. Before studying at McMaster Divinity, Patrick received his Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from Tyndale University and his Masters of Divinity from Tyndale Seminary. Currently, Patrick works at First Baptist Church in London, Ontario, serving the children and the youth.