Tag: preaching

Christian Humanist Profiles 81: Reading Matthew with Monks

Ora et labora: Pray and work. This directive has ordered the life of Benedictine monastics for centuries, each day’s rhythm of worship and toil shaping the soul toward love and humility. But this Benedictine life creates other kinds of change as well: it can shape how a monk reads the Bible. In his book, Reading…

C.O. Rosenius preaching

The Pietist Schoolman Podcast, Episode #23: Preaching (and Listening)

If you’ve been waiting for Mark — one of the best preachers I know — to talk about preaching and proclamation, this episode is for you. If you’ve been waiting for Sam to help us think through the importance of Christians taking up what Krista Tippett calls a “ministry of listening,” this episode is also for you. And if…

Proclaiming Life: A Reflection on the Lectionary Readings for 15 April 2012

Revised Common Lectionary Page for 15 April 2012 (Second Sunday of Easter, Year B) Acts 4:32-35  • Psalm 133  • 1 John 1:1-2:2  • John 20:19-31 Until I studied rhetoric, I was vaguely fuzzy on what Christian preaching was good for.  My own sense of duty made me think that I should be present when it happened, but…

How many links does it take to get to the center of a Tera-pop?

Yes, I know we’re stretching now.  And the title is all Nathan Gilmour’s fault. Eight decidedly rotten sermon introductions Yet another insightful lecture on political philosophy from Patrick Deneen Chris Gehrz gets his props from James K.A. Smith (and here’s why) A disturbingly enthusiastic encomium for Google chat The sage Michael Austin (his Reading the World:…

How Should We Then Live?: A Reflection on the Lectionary Readings for 4 September 2011

Revised Common Lectionary Page for 4 September 2011 (12th Sunday after Pentecost, Year A) Exodus 12:1-14 and Psalm 149  • Ezekiel 33:7-11 and Psalm 119:33-40  • Romans 13:8-14  • Matthew 18:15-20 That I knew the phrase from Ezekiel as a book title (one which I wrote about recently) before I knew it as a phrase from Ezekiel makes…

The Rhetoric of Repentance: A Review of Telling God's Story

Telling God’s Story: Narrative Preaching for Christian Formation by John W. Wright 164 pp.  $19.00  IVP Academic I actually became aware of this book while reading Stan Hauerwas’s Working with Words (which I reviewed here) earlier this summer.  Hauerwas, in an essay on preaching, suggested that the rhetorical character of preaching, its spoken-to-you-right-here character, was…

Summa Linkologica

Stan Hauerwas on why Church is more truthful than “community” and other tidbits (HT Jeff Wright) Robert Woods recounts Russell Kirk’s defense of Giovanni Pico de Mirandola (how’s that for name-dropping?) Are you ****ing kidding me? (No, Scot, I don’t accept that rationale.) Andrew Webb comments on three kinds of defective sermons. C. Michael Patton…

Economic Reality and Gospel Proclamation: A Response to "The Just One Challenge"

“The Just One Challenge” from The Christian Standard Perhaps this little essay will not sustain the interest of any but those who are involved with the Stone-Campbell tradition, those congregations that often go by geographical names along with “Christian Church.”  My hope, however, is that in reflecting on an anxiety within my own tradition, some…

Bible, Tradition, Theology part 1: The Nature of God

Once again I have Phil Rutledge to thank for an occasion to think not only about theology’s content but the ways in which I do theology.  Responding to our recent podcast on origin stories, Phil asks a battery of questions including the significance of the epithet Shaddai often appended to the Hebrew el, the effects…