Authenticity and Preaching

What is the role of authenticity in preaching? Should it equate to authority? Why or Why not? Here are 4 things preachers should keep in mind when discussing the term authenticity:

  1. The preacher is an important component of all homiletic views and thus who the
    preacher is and how the preacher acts is important whether it is in terms of authority
    or discipleship.
  2. Preaching in a true-like fashion is important just as we preach truth. How important
    it is depends on your assumptions of what preaching is and where authority resides.
  3. Style does affect the reception of the message. But we must be careful not to fall into
    the trap of using style to appear authentic.
  4. The preacher’s authenticity can be a vehicle through which God speaks to the congregation.



Sherman Haywood Cox II is the director of Soul Preaching. He holds the M.Div with an emphasis in Homiletics and a M.S. in Computer Science.

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Proper 14 (February 26, 2017)
  • OT: Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28
  • Psalm: Psalm 105: 1-6, 16-22, 45b
  • Epistle: Romans 10:5-15
  • Gospel: Matthew 14:22-33
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