Biblical, personal, and gospel-centered sermons are essential for the spiritual well-being of the Church and for the preservation of a distinct Anglican identity for generations ahead. Rather than taking away from its importance, our patristic heritage, our episcopal structure, our poetic devotion, and our prayerful posture should combine to strengthen the quality of Anglican preaching.
We have to move past this intolerance of differing secondary beliefs if we are to make any progress in spreading God’s kingdom throughout this dying world.
This doctrine of Christ is important for Luther, as it is for the entire Christian tradition, because for one thing, it is impossible to know God if one does not know Christ.
In contrast, in the liturgy, our lives are actually recapitulated and rectified and brought into the fullness life that is only found in communion with God in the Church.
For both traditions, objectivity in worship can serve as an excuse for producing sermons that fail to combine head and heart.