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Practical Theology


Published in Preaching, Preaching 16.1 (2000): 30-33. Used by permission. For more information, visit .


The message of the New Testament draws heavily on the concepts of newness and renewal. Nearly three dozen New Testament passages discuss “new” things—new wine, new commandment, new creation, new song and new Jerusalem, to name a few. The imagery of newness occurs in narrative, didactic and apocalyptic literature and is used by every New Testament author except James and Jude. Not only does the biblical concept of newness provide a useful paradigm for interpreting New Testament theology, but it also outlines the contours of the task of preaching. Preaching is the proclamation of a new message for the purpose of renewal with the hope of seeing all things made new.