Deconstructing Systematic Theology: What’s the Point?

31 Oct

Introduction On this, the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther nailing his famous 95 theses to the door of the church in Wittenberg in 1517, I thought I’d do some reflections on theology. I’ll begin by posing a question: What is … Read More »

Biblical Literacy and Preaching (Part 5)

10 May

Introduction The issues raised by the various contributors to the book Rethinking Biblical Literacy become important to this discussion at this point in the study. The overarching point made by the various authors is this: that many Christians today (for a … 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 »

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 »

Over-Thinking the Apostle Paul?

26 Jan

I have become convinced lately that for most Christians, we are guilty of over-thinking pretty much everything, from our theology to our approaches to evangelism. No wonder churches in the West are having such little impact on their communities, or … 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 »

The Value of Context for Theological Education

26 Jan

Theologian Stanley Grenz once wrote a statement that quite literally changed both my life, and my perspective, on theology (and my teaching of it too). Grenz noted that: “Despite its positive contributions, the concordance understanding of theology has one decisive … Read More »

Ezekiel 15: A Rhetorical-Critical Biblical Study

26 Jan

For anyone attempting to study the Old Testament book of Ezekiel, this is a very difficult endeavor indeed. In this study, I’ve made use of the disciplines of narratology and rhetorical criticism of a fairly short chapter in the book … 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 »