Preaching with a Bias: Exploring the Legacy of Fundamentalist Preaching

24 Sep

Introduction As I reflected on the recent podcast that Gary Hayes and I did on this subject of “preaching with a bias,” it made me want to go back and examine the legacy of fundamentalist, conservative evangelical preaching. This is … Read More »

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 »

Preaching in Britain Today: Believing or Belonging? (Part 1)

14 Jun

Introduction It hardly goes without saying that in Britain today, the situation facing those who preach regularly is vastly different, especially when compared to that which preachers experienced within the last few centuries. Some legendary preachers from the past enjoyed … 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 »

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 »