Preaching in Britain Today: Believing or Belonging? (Part 2)

16 Jun

What’s the State of the Church in Britain Today? Looking back on the not-so-distant past, just a few decades ago churches in Britain seemed to be going from strength to strength. For example, from 1945 to 1956, overall church attendance … 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 »

Biblical Literacy and Preaching (Part 3)

9 Mar

Introduction As I’ve been saying in the two previous posts on this subject, there is a pervasive argument currently ongoing. Both those in positions of church leadership (as well as denominations), and professional academics alike, not only create, but also perpetuate … 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 »