aBeLOG

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.

Genesis 34:1−31

January 3rd, 2017| Topic: aBeLOG, Genesis | 2

Genesis 34:1−31

Enjoying God’s blessings calls for responsible maintenance of moral standards in the face of worldly evil.

This is a sordid story, with no heroes. Everyone is culpable (except the victims: Dinah, sexually violated and voiceless, and the people of Shechem, brutally slaughtered or kidnapped).

Shechem, the son of Hamor, the Hivite, rapes Dinah, the daughter of Jacob (34:2). But, he seems to show some good faith as he and his father enter into negotiations with Jacob…   Read more →

Genesis 33:1−20

November 7th, 2016| Topic: aBeLOG, Genesis | 0

Genesis 33:1−20

Faith in God is marked by seeking and extending forgiveness, thus restoring relationships with others, and also with God.

The previous pericope depicted Jacob finally receiving God’s blessing. That would have been a blissful ending to the turbulent story of the patriarch. However, one more thing needed to be accomplished: reconciliation with Esau.

And so, as younger brother comes before his older sibling, Jacob prostrates himself seven times (33:3)—a mark of great respect…   Read more →

Genesis 32:1−32

October 4th, 2016| Topic: aBeLOG, Genesis | 4

Genesis 32:1−32

Remembering that God fights for him/her, the child of God lives life with confidence and fearlessness.

Jacob’s encounter with the angels of God and the “camp of God” (Gen 32:1–2) reminds him (and the readers) of the continued presence of God and the protection of God, as he moves with his caravan closer to a rendezvous with Esau, who, when we last heard of him, had been harboring homicidal inclinations towards his heel-grabbing younger brother (27:41). Jacob, no…   Read more →

Steven Lawson: How I Preach

September 19th, 2016| Topic: aBeLOG, How I Preach | 0

Steven Lawson: How I Preach

Steven Lawson: And this is How I Preach …

[Steven Lawson is President and founder of OnePassion Ministries, equipping preachers to usher in a new reformation in the church. He is passionate about preaching, having served as pastor for over three decades in Arkansas and Alabama, most recently at Christ Fellowship Baptist Church in Mobile. Speaker, author, teacher, itinerant minister, and, yes,  a Dallas Seminary grad. He is one who has thought a lot about preaching…   Read more →

Genesis 31:17−55

September 6th, 2016| Topic: aBeLOG, Genesis | 0

Genesis 31:17−55

Remaining in the will of God ensures protection from potential consequences of sin even in one’s own camp.

Jacob had been asked by God to “arise,” “leave,” and “return” to his homeland (31:13); and here he begins the long act of obedience (31:17–18). In the statement about “all the property he had gathered,” there is an echo of his grandfather’s migration from Haran to Canaan: he too collected “all the property he had gathered” (12:5), as he set…   Read more →

Preaching!

August 4th, 2016| Topic: aBeLOG, Uncategorized | 0

Preaching!

Quick note …

I am preaching at Stonebriar Community Church, north of Dallas, in Frisco, on August 7 and 14 (9:00 am and 10:45 am).

[For other speaking events, see here.]

Articles!

July 14th, 2016| Topic: aBeLOG, Uncategorized | 0

Articles!

For those interested in some of the esoterics (!) of preaching, here are two recent articles (as downloadable pdfs) published in Dallas Seminary’s journal, Bibliotheca Sacra.

‘‘Pericopal Theology’’ and
‘‘Christiconic Interpretation’’

(Two more articles to follow in subsequent issues of BibSac.)

These articles are derived from the Griffith-Thomas Lectures (2015) delivered at Dallas Seminary. For videos of these, see here.

Other…   Read more →

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