Welcome to the aBeLOG, a series of fortnightly posts (I’m resolving to produce one around the 1st and 15th every month at least for now) 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.

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 2 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 →

Hermeneutics & Celibacy

May 7th, 2019| Topic: aBeLOG, Interviews | 0

Hermeneutics & Celibacy

A couple of months ago, I was at Beeson Divinity School (of Samford University) in Birmingham, AL, to deliver their William E. Conger, Jr., Lectures in Preaching.

Part of my engagements at Beeson also included an interview with the Dean of the School, Dr. Timothy George, for a podcast that he hosts.

Here is a snippet of our conversation:

Timothy George: This word, you use this word, we use it all the time here at Benson, hermeneutic, which…   Read more →

Genesis 40:1–41:57

April 2nd, 2019| Topic: aBeLOG, Genesis | 0

Genesis 40:1–41:57

Trusting in God’s working even when it is indiscernible results in divine blessing.

Joseph is in jail, falsely accused of rape. But God is always at work, even if one cannot see him working. Though God is not mentioned in this section, the literary absence of God is not a literal absence of God.

Joseph has with him in prison, the Pharaoh’s baker and butler, in detention for unknown crimes. These two fellow prisoners have a pair of dreams (40:8–19). Joseph interprets…   Read more →

Genesis 39:1−23

March 5th, 2019| Topic: aBeLOG, Genesis | 2

Genesis 39:1−23

Integrity in every situation enables one to be an agent of divine blessing.

Genesis 37:36 makes a seamless connection with 39:1; in 37:36, Joseph is sold (and Egypt is mentioned), and in 39:1, he is bought (and Egypt is mentioned again). In a little more than a decade, the kidnapped slave, Joseph, would rise to be the Prime Minister of all Egypt, second only to the Pharaoh. Andh God’s word to make the descendants of Abraham a blessing to all nations (12:3; 18:18; 22:18;…   Read more →

Kill the Big Idea?

December 26th, 2018| Topic: aBeLOG | 18

Kill the Big Idea?

And, again, for those interested in a different—and somewhat provocative!—approach to preaching, check out my article in the 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)

As always, comments welcomed!

PS: Here’s what one kind and generous soul (whom I cited in the paper as a Big Idea proponent) had to say about it:

It has been popular among a large number…   Read more →

Homiletics & Hermeneutics

December 11th, 2018| Topic: aBeLOG | 4

Homiletics <em>&</em> Hermeneutics

For those interested in a debate on preaching, here goes:

Homiletics and Hermeneutics: Four Views on Preaching Today (Baker), edited by Scott Gibson and Matthew Kim (both of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary), just came out in December 2018. 

Your faithful blogger had the privilege of presenting one of those four views and commenting on each of the other three views produced, respectively, by:

Bryan…   Read more →

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