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.

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 | 22

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)

See Steven D. Mathewson’s RESPONSE to my article in the Journal of the…   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 →

Preaching @ Stonebriar Community Church

August 13th, 2018| Topic: aBeLOG | 2

Preaching @ Stonebriar Community Church

Quick note …

 

I am preaching at Stonebriar Community Church, north of Dallas, in Frisco, on August 19 and 26 (9:00 am and 10:45 am).

 

[For other speaking events, see here.]

Preaching @ Northwest Bible Church

July 16th, 2018| Topic: aBeLOG | 0

Preaching @ Northwest Bible Church

Quick note …

 

I am preaching at Northwest Bible Church, here in Dallas, on July 22 and 29, and August 5 and 12 (9:00 am and 10:35 am).

Doing some of the darker chapters of Judges, dealing with Abimelech, Jephthah, Micah and the Levite, and the Levite and Concubine.

Lots of blood and gore promised! Come one, come all!

[For other speaking events, see here.]

“Is it Bad to Be Single?”

September 19th, 2017| Topic: aBeLOG | 0

My fellow preaching prof, fellow Evangelical Homiletics Society member, and good friend Dr. Hershael York, of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, in Lexington, Kentucky, has this to say about the question posed in the title of this post …

The young lions do lack and suffer hunger;
But they who seek the LORD shall not be in want of any good thing.
Psalm 34:10

God bless the singles!

Pragmatics and Preaching—A Dialogue

September 11th, 2017| Topic: aBeLOG | 34

Pragmatics and Preaching—A Dialogue

Please consider this an invitation to peruse and respond to:

1) Article by Abraham Kuruvilla, “‘What is the Author Doing with What He is Saying?’ Pragmatics and Preaching—An Appeal!” Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 60 (2017): 557–80;

2) Response to my article by Buist Fanning, Senior Professor Emeritus of New Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary; and

3) Rejoinder to Buist Fanning’s response by me (Abe Kuruvilla).

Article, response, and rejoinder are/will be downloadable in PDF format.

Feel free to comment below in the box, adding your thoughts and ideas to the discussion. Of necessity, this will be a moderated conversation; remarks will show up in the comments section with some delay.

Thank you, in advance, for you participation and prayerful consideration of these issues at hand.

I nurture the hope that such discussions will further preaching, the heart of pastoral ministry, in Christendom.

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