41: Preaching with a Bias (with Gary Hayes) Part 1

22 Sep

What effect does listening to years of sermons have on a person’s psyche, behavior, and mental health? In this episode of the newly-named “MindShift” podcast (formerly “The Preacher’s Forum podcast”), Gary Hayes and I tackle the subject of preaching, and … Read More »

Show 12: How to Listen to a Sermon

16 Mar

Heard a few sermons in your lifetime? Some good, others not so good? In this podcast I’ll help you to become…a better listener of sermons. There are literally thousands of books out there that seek to help preachers become better, … 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 »

Biblical Literacy and Preaching (Part 1)

6 Feb

Introduction In this series, I will examine the hot-button topic of what has been termed “biblical literacy,” how society’s understanding of biblical literacy is drastically changing, and what the implications of those cultural applications of Scripture mean to preachers currently. … 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 »

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 »