aBeLOG

Welcome to the aBeLOG, a series of (hopefully!) fortnightly posts on all matters homiletical. I intend to touch on whatever grabs my attention regarding preaching—issues contemporary and ancient, ideas hermeneutical and rhetorical, personalities conservative and liberal, publications antiquarian and avant-garde. Essentially, I’m going to follow my own homiletical olfactory instincts up rabbit trails and after red herrings. Comments are always invited and appreciated.

Kill the Big Idea?

November 21st, 2019| Topic: aBeLOG | 22

Kill the Big Idea?

For those interested in a different—and somewhat provocative!—approach to preaching, check out my ARTICLE in a recent issue of the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society:
 “Time to Kill the Big Idea? A Fresh Look at Preaching”
(JETS 61.4 [2018]: 825–46)

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See Steven D. Mathewson’s RESPONSE to my article in the Journal of the Evangelical Homiletics Society:
“Let the Big Idea Live! A Response to Abraham Kuruvilla”
(JEHS 19.1 [2019]: 33–41)

And here…   Read more →

Ecclesiological Singleness

November 5th, 2019| Topic: aBeLOG, Uncategorized | 0

Ecclesiological Singleness

A quick to note to alert you of an essay I’ve written: “Ecclesiological Singleness.”

That title is my take on celibacy. More about it in the article.

Check it out here …

Comments welcome!

New Book: A Manual for Preaching!

October 1st, 2019| Topic: aBeLOG | 6

New Book: <em>A Manual for Preaching</em>!

Folks, my latest opus on preaching is out: A Manual for Preaching: The Journey from Text to Sermon (Baker, 2019).

This is intended to be a companion volume to A Vision for Preaching: Understanding the Heart of Pastoral Ministry (Baker, 2015). The latter was a big-picture view of preaching; the former, current work, explains the nitty-gritty of crafting a sermon.

And since my “vision for preaching” is fairly broad, you don’t have to be a senior pastor somewhere,…   Read more →

Genesis 44:1–45:28

September 3rd, 2019| Topic: aBeLOG, Genesis | 0

Genesis 44:1–45:28

Self-sacrificial solidarity with the suffering, recognizing God’s overriding sovereignty, promotes divine blessing.

This section describes the remainder of the events on that fateful second trip to Egypt made by Joseph and his brothers. Benjamin had been brought along. Joseph, still incognito to his brothers, invites them to a grand feast and everything appears to be fine and dandy, at least till they get ready to return to Canaan.

Then comes the test that will reveal…   Read more →

Preaching @ Stonebriar Community Church

August 6th, 2019| Topic: aBeLOG | 0

Preaching @ Stonebriar Community Church

Quick note …

I am preaching at Stonebriar Community Church, north of Dallas, in Frisco, on August 11 and 18 (9:00 am and 10:45 am).

[For other speaking events, see here.]

Preaching @ EK Bailey Conference

July 2nd, 2019| Topic: aBeLOG | 0

Preaching @ EK Bailey Conference

Quick note …

I am speaking at the 24th annual E. K. Bailey Preaching Conference on July 8, 9, and 11, at the Fairmont Hotel, in downtown Dallas:

Preaching Opening Session (Mon, Jul 8 @ 7:00–8:00 pm)
Workshop Session (Tue, Jul 9 @ 3:00 pm–4:15 pm)
Pastors’ Roundtable (Thur, Jul 11 @ 10:30 am–11:30 am)

Program: here.
Registration: here.

[For other speaking events, see here.]

Genesis 42:1–43:34

June 4th, 2019| Topic: aBeLOG, Genesis | 0

Genesis 42:1–43:34

God’s discipline and their selflessness and submission to God, lead agents of divine blessings to resolve past sin.

This section begins with the famine of 41:57 being assumed as the background. So the brothers (without Benjamin, Jacob’s favorite) are dispatched to Egypt for food.

When the brothers arrive in Egypt, one cannot but wonder how their path intersected with that of Joseph. That a tiny group of people, among the many hungry foreigners and natives in Egypt looking…   Read more →

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