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KOMMERS, Johan. 'Where to flee from this man'? A listening exercise in Ludwig Hofacker (1797-1828). In Skriflig (Online) [online]. 2013, vol.47, n.1, pp.1-8. ISSN 2305-0853.

In sermons we cannot disregard the presence of the living God, otherwise preaching will become a performance, without divine authority. Orthodoxy will be gasping for breath when exegesis and dogmatic theology are wholly absorbed in a number of opinions, causing biblical testimony to recede into the background. Ludwig Hofacker (1798-1828), was a preacher who in Bible study and preaching put his ears to the Fountain. The Word of God was his sole homiletic storehouse. Today, in our 21st century, his sermons are still being read. This indicates that he left us a remarkable body of work. He tackled the problem of spiritual dearth in a time of emerging humanistic rationalism. Hofacker's preaching reflected his core belief: Christ only. His sermons also reflect the preacher himself. His voice clearly recalls what was held so dear in the Reformation, and the cadences of the sola gratia, sola Scriptura and sola fide are heard in every sermon. His religious individuality included a strong motivation for missions

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