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The Reformed Tradition

Announcing the Good News

David Emmanuel Goatley
Bill DeJong
Bill DeJong (PhD, McMaster Divinity) is the lead pastor at Blessings Christian Church in Hamilton, ON and part-time faculty at Redeemer University College in Ancaster, ON. He is the author of Eucharistic Reciprocity: A Practical Theological Inquiry into the Virtue of Gratitude (Pickwick, 2019). He and his wife Kim have four sons.


There are among both Catholics and Protestants devout adherents, those committed believers who will not miss the weekly church service for anything. The similarity in habit, however, conceals a striking difference in rationale. Whereas Catholics attend church to celebrate the Mass, Protestants often go to hear a sermon.

Reformed preaching emerged not so much out of a theological conviction or an ecclesiastical orientation, but rather as a volcanic overflow of a long-rumbling thirst for the Word of God. As the Protestant Reformation began to germinate, the clamor for preaching was so strong that the city council of Geneva in 1549 ordered its preachers to deliver a sermon every morning of the week, not just every other morning. Though the Middle Ages had featured occasional preachers with exceptional skill, the Reformation made substantive, dynamic preaching at once common and accessible.


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