Preaching in Britain Today: Believing or Belonging? (Part 4)

27 Jun

Introduction In this final article in this series, “Preaching in Britain: Believing or Belonging?” I take up the model of indirect communication proposed by preacher Fred B. Craddock in his thought-provoking and challenging book, Overhearing the Gospel. Instead of relying … Read More »

Preaching in Britain Today: Believing or Belonging? (Part 3)

23 Jun

Introduction To become truly missional and incarnational, church leaders and pastors should perhaps begin to think about moving away from what is termed an “attractional model” of church growth. This model embraces this fundamental idea: “if you build it, they … Read More »

Communication that Builds Community

20 Feb

Why do people return to Church, week after week on Sunday mornings, only to endure what the preacher continually serves up? Why do people sit in hard chairs in front of dull pulpits? Why does preaching many times have to … Read More »

Rhetorical Criticism: Studying and Preaching 1 Corinthians 4:18-5:13

26 Jan

This paper makes use of rhetorical criticism on a difficult, non-narrative text: 1 Cor. 4.18-5.13, the situation of a person within the Corinthian church caught up in severe sexual immorality. Paul, as the founder of the church and its pastoral … Read More »

Rhetoric and Rhetorical Criticism: Useful for Preaching?

26 Jan

What exactly is “rhetorical criticism”? In order to define and understand this discipline, one must go back to the definition of rhetoric itself, which is primarily drawn from Aristotle’s Rhetoric. Aristotle stated that rhetoric has to do with the concept … Read More »

Preaching and the Five-Fold Gifts of Ephesians 4

26 Jan

Is there a connection between preaching and congregational leadership? Put simply, the answer is a resounding “Yes!” But what exactly is that connection? To begin, let us trace the connection between preaching and leadership. Here we need to return to … Read More »

Exploring the Use of Narratology for Narrative Preaching

26 Jan

Clicking in this link will take you to an article I wrote for Homiletic journal in 2014 that involves a detailed study of narratology and narrative criticism and applies those concepts to narrative preaching. The major value this paper upholds is that … Read More »

Preaching and Richard Rohr’s “Two Halves of Life” Model

26 Jan

Once in a while we are fortunate to encounter a person whose unique perceptions can quite literally change our lives. Such was the experience I had in October 2014 at the Catalyst Conference in Sheffield, England (http://www.bmscatalystlive.com/). There I heard … Read More »

Ezekiel Chapter 15: A Narrative Sermon and Critical Evaluation

26 Jan

This paper is an example of how to construct a narrative sermon based on a prophetic text, that of Ezekiel 15. It begins by exploring the hoped-for outcomes of the sermon, then proceeds to give the narrative sermon as a … Read More »