Tagged with Preaching

Pick a Preaching Style, Any Style

Lately, I’ve been reading through Brian D. Russell’s work on missiological readings of Scripture.  I can already see how these articles will seriously affect the way I teach and preach in the future. As I was reading, I found this interesting quote from Erwin McManus.  Brian asked him if there was a particular style of … Continue reading

Resonant Preaching

Seth Godin’s blog is one that I really enjoy reading.  Today, in a discussion about politics, he makes a statement that I believe is a good conversation starter for thinking about preaching.  He writes, Start with the truth. Identify the worldview of the people you need to reach. Describe the truth through their worldview. That’s … Continue reading

Fun with Wordle

There’s this really cool website called wordle (h/t Hacking Christianity) where you can create your own word-clouds from any text you choose to paste in the site.  To try this out, I pasted my recent D.Min. paper on Job.  Here’s the result: Just to see what else I could come up with, I pasted last … Continue reading

From Chreaster to Preacher

Jason Byassee is quickly becoming one of my favorite writers over at The Christian Century. I just stumbled across this blog post, and I think you might find it interesting. It’s Amazing how an observation from the original Greek of the New Testament has stayed in his mind years after hearing it in a sermon. … Continue reading

From “If Only,” to “Only Jesus.”

On Thursday, Nanci and the kids went to the high school state basketball tournament in Oklahoma City. Basketball players from across the state were there trying to win a state championship and reach their ultimate goal. To get to state, you have to make it through three levels of tournaments, working through district, regional, and … Continue reading

A Few Thoughts on John 11:1-16

Lazarus is deathly ill. Mary and Martha expect Jesus to turn around and hotfoot it back to Bethany. The disciples, on the other hand, seem to be concerned about all the angry folks with rocks waiting back over the horizon. Amazingly, Jesus doesn’t meet either of their expectations. First he waits, upsetting Mary and Martha. … Continue reading

Orwellian Communication

Here’s a great quote from George Orwell that could apply to preaching or any other communication endeavor, The great enemy of clear language is insincerity. When there is a gap between one’s real and one’s declared aims, one turns as it were instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish spurting out ink. … Continue reading

From Crisis to Confession

Since John over at Come to the Waters is wrestling with Moses and the snake out in the wilderness, I thought I’d post an old sermon that I wrote on this. This one ended up in the online edition of Preaching Magazine, so it’s one that I look back on fondly. Here you go: From … Continue reading

Blazing Pulpits

One of my good friends, and sometimes commenter on this blog, has loaned me an excellent CD set on the Old Testament by Amy-Jill Levine. It is really terrific, even if I crave driving to listen to more of it! Dr. Levine’s lectures have given me new insights on several passages I’ve heard my entire … Continue reading

Live Like You’re Dying

This is the first Ash Wednesday sermon I ever preached. May God bless you as you contemplate your mortality and cling to the hope we have by trusting in Christ. In our world, we prefer to deny death. Death is simply not something we like to talk about. We even disguise the word. We say … Continue reading