Still I withhold the name of the book I’m reading, but I’ll share another thought nonetheless. In fact, I’ll quote (and if you want the source, you’ll have to ask, although I’m on vacation and won’t check comments until the end of the month!)
“Homileticians as a caste are extinct in the UK. Not in a single theological or Bible college, or university, will you find anyone whose full time job is to teach homiletics. Makes you think that there ought to be a homo homileticus on display in the British Natural History Museum, the skeleton of W.E. Sangster perhaps!”
Now I wouldn’t want to overstate the importance of this, but it is interesting. Equally I cannot validate the truth of this statement since I have not searched every possible faculty corridor in order to “prove” the extinction of this breed. The general perception, though, is that anyone can step out of their own discipline and teach preaching. Perhaps the general fruit of such a perception is worth evaluating?