Ronald P. Byers is professor of preaching and worship at Union Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond, Virginia.
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This article is reprinted with permission from Perspectives (March 2001).
It seems to me no accident that the recovery of interest in biblical preaching has coincided with an increase in the frequency of Holy Communion. In his 1962 book Pulpit and Table, Howard Hageman, a pastor and scholar from the Reformed Church in America, said, “A church that loses the Word must finally lose the sacrament. But is it not equally true that a church which loses the sacrament must finally lose the Word?”