Everything Bad is Good For You… Including Preaching

In researching TheoMedia, I read Steven Johnson’s Everything Bad is Good for You where he takes to task the conventional wisdom that our entire society is “amusing ourselves to death” (so Neil Postman) and reducing our collective minds into media-saturated mush. His claim is that much of this supposedly “bad” stuff in pop-culture is actually…

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Should Preaching be Entertaining?

I asked in the previous post if preaching should be entertaining. My thinking is that preaching must ultimately be, like the Christian Scriptures, engaging. That is, preaching must arrest the mind, heart, soul, and strength (to borrow from the Shema—Dt 6:4) and compel a reimagining of reality and a reanimation of our lives. In this…

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When A Sermon Mystifies more than Explains

I love preaching. It darn near kills me, but I love it. In trying to be a better preacher, I am thinking more intently and prayerfully about the practice and theology of this curious, holy, frightful, and joyful discipline. One of the temptations I have found in sermon preparation is that of providing a full…

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Herman Melville, Ship Surgeons, Appendectomies, and Preaching

Q recently hosted a 2-day, 8-session event in NYC called Q Sessions | Practices with Eugene Peterson. Two of the conversations, “Practicing Sabbath” and “Immersed in Scripture” are available here. I highly recommend checking these out. (I admit having a penchant for Eugene Peterson’s thinking). In the “Immersed in Scripture” session, Peterson encourages us not…

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Pastors, Preaching, and the Academy’s Process of Peer-Review

“Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness.” (James 3:1) After almost a decade of pastoral ministry, I am now firmly ensconced within the academic world, getting my feet wet in a New Testament doctoral program.  Being situated quite deeply within…

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Preaching the Scriptures. An Interview (Part 1)

Crossroads Worldwide Ministries sponsors a one-year internship for discipleship and ministry training they call Community Discipleship House (CDH).  I am good friends with the guys who lead this ministry—their work is top-notch. One of the CDH-ers (as they are called), contacted me for an interview about my preaching experience.  Replying to the questions turned out…

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