Having asked so many questions of the humble sermon, I admit to having recently been blessed by sitting under just that style of preaching. Perhaps fittingly, this took place in a church in the Western Isles. In many parts of the Outer Hebrides Christian faith is still visible, especially where statues, crosses and standing stones … Continue reading Celtic Christianity →
Again, I’ve had great feedback on the questions raised about preaching. Church pastors and ministers appear to be both aware of the potential for varied approaches to Bible teaching and reluctant to lose traditional preaching in church. Many church leaders recognise the value of an integrated programme of learning and biblical reflection that includes personal … Continue reading Where have we reached with Preaching? →
My earlier posts considered church teaching as a means of learning how to read the Bible. I believe this is a valid form of preaching because the Gospel is the primary key (or hermeneutic) to understanding the Bible. You can’t teach the Bible well without preaching the Gospel. I’ve received some further great responses to … Continue reading Preaching as Event →
I’ve had some very helpful responses to my last post and to a subsequent request to my teaching friends to suggest how they might teach the text. The value of monologue for preaching Firstly in response to the original post which questioned teaching methods in church and the effectiveness of public announcement of the Gospel, … Continue reading Monologues, Communication and Church Teaching. →
I realise it’s a niche topic, but it matters what we think about preaching. Christian’s believe that we have been entrusted with a message that will save the world; a literally life and death communication. If that’s the case, it’s critical that we pass it on effectively. There are many long held assumptions about preaching … Continue reading It matters what we think about preaching →
24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 25 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. 26 What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? … Continue reading Is the Kirk losing its soul? →
The Children’s Address, as it used to be called, remains the highlight of the service for some. It’s an open secret that most children’s talks are the main thing that the adults remember long after the sermon has become hazy. It’s also an open secret that most ministers, if they haven’t managed to contract out … Continue reading Does creativity end with the kids’ talk? →
We’re currently studying Revelation in church. We started after the church letters because this was an unexplored frontier. How many churches similarly, study the letters and then jump to the new Heavens and Earth where Kleenex will no longer be required? The intervening narrative is strange and obscure. But with the help of commentaries and … Continue reading Eschatophobia? →
An Angel said to Philip, go to the Gaza road. So he did just that. On the way he met an Ethiopian man, who looked important and wealthy. The man was on his way home from worshiping at the Temple in Jerusalem. He was reading the Scriptures from the book of Isaiah. Philip heard what … Continue reading Philip and the Ethiopian →
“Teacher,” said John, “we saw someone driving out demons in your name and we told him to stop, because he was not one of us.” (Mark 9.38) “Did you get his name?” replied Jesus, “Let’s google him…wait has this place got wifi?” “Has he got twitter?” someone asked. “I found a blog” shouted Matthew. “Is … Continue reading In Christ’s Name →
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