The work of Karl Barth has been quite influential in South
Africa, but what about the value of his sermons and their
influence on Barth’s reading and mainline preaching in
South Africa nowadays? After a short introduction, I discern,
in four sections, the value and worth of reading Barth’s early
sermons in South Africa at present. I first hear anew the
value of reading Barth in South Africa nowadays. Thereafter,
I discern the current state of homiletics. Against this
background, I pay attention critically to some of Barth’s early
sermons (1917-1920) while he was still a minister in Safenwil.
Finally, I discern some of the value this project may currently
have for theology and preaching in South Africa.