Stewards of the Story

The Task of Preaching

Stewards of the Story

In this insightful study, James Earl Massey offers an expanded version of the Twelfth Annual William E. Conger, Jr. Lectures on Biblical Preaching that he delivered at Beeson Divinity School in February 2004. Through a unique collection of informative lectures and illustrative sermons, the highly esteemed teacher and preacher considers four dimensions of the preacher as steward of the gospel story. Pastors will warmly welcome this book as it provides them with both practical guidance and insight about their identity as preachers.

Stewards of the Mysteries of God

Preaching the Old Testament—and the New

Stewards of the Mysteries of God

One of our best known biblical interpreters offers essays and sermons meant to assist preachers in their interpretation and explication of biblical texts. Often neglected in preaching, the Old Testament is a particular focus of attention, but only in the context of the wholeness of Scripture. Questions addressed in this volume include the following: How does one approach and preach the Old Testament at Easter? What are the contemporary issues or dimensions in preaching the Ten Commandments? And how does the preacher hold the Old Testament and the New Testament in proclaiming God's word to the church? In this collection, attention is given to preaching about the ministry and on particular occasions, such as funerals, baccalaureates, ordination, and in Advent and Christmas as well as before Holy Communion.

The Web of Preaching

New Options In Homiletic Method

The Web of Preaching

Preaching is not as simple as it may appear. The preacher today is confronted with a dizzying array of homiletic methods and approaches, each holding important insights into how to proclaim the Good News. While pastors wish to learn from these different ways of preaching, they often do not know where to begin (Who are the best representatives of a given approach? How do the different methods relate to one another? How has the preaching scene changed in recent years?). In The Web of Preaching, Richard Eslinger addresses these and other questions about contemporary approaches to preaching. Surveying the most important current theories of preaching, he argues that no homiletic method can be understood on its own. The different schools of thought on preaching all intersect at such common points as Scripture, narrative, and the role of preaching in worship. A strength in one compensates for a weakness in another, and seen together they form one comprehensive "web of preaching." This book is a follow-up to Eslinger's earlier A New Hearing, which has been a standard text in preaching courses since its publication in 1987.

Questions of the Soul

Sermons from the 2014 Festival of Young Preachers

Questions of the Soul

The Festival of Young Preachers is a trans-denominational, one-of-a-kind event designed to showcase and encourage young people who aspire to be preachers of the Gospel. Questions of the Soul celebrates the preaching ministry of the millennial generation with its collection of sermons preached during the 2014 Festival.

Steward of Stories

Reflecting on Tensions in Daily Discipleship

Steward of Stories

Drawn from three decades of parish ministry experience, Steward of Stories opens the delightfully complex and nuanced world of the congregation to a wider audience beyond, but including, local parish pastors. Each chapter brings together dramatically different stories about ordinary ministry situations organized around a core thematic connection, including pastoral incidents focused on topics like Paying Attention, Marry Me, and Time to Go. Linking these together is the interwoven wisdom of an experienced pastor who encourages readers to consider the theological and ministry challenges at stake for us all. Clearly written and highly accessible, these vignettes are meant for lay and clergy audiences alike, especially as they come together in their mutual life in Christian community. These are stories about real people drawn from actual events--accounts that will prompt thoughtful contemplation and conversation among the faithful about saints and sinners in everyday congregations and situations. Each chapter concludes with helpful questions for use in both educational settings and individual study. This book is ideal for personal reflection or group discussion and will stimulate a richer awareness of the challenges and opportunities we all face in the ministries we share.

Of Seeds and the People of God

Preaching as Parable, Crucifixion, and Testimony

Of Seeds and the People of God

Preachers mount the pulpit steps terribly burdened by the conviction that they are somehow responsible for the growth and spiritual well-being of their congregants. How, they ask themselves, can mere words communicate the reality of God, bring life to a congregation, or foster spiritual growth? This study argues that effective sermons function much like Jesus' parables--by bearing witness to divine power. Parables and preaching both testify to something beyond themselves: to a life-giving dynamic that far outstrips the force of words alone. Preachers are not go-betweens or gatekeepers for the kingdom of heaven: rather, they imitate Jesus by dying to themselves in the very act of proclamation, relying directly on God for their sermons to bear fruit. As well as offering a novel interpretation of Jesus' agricultural parables, Of Seeds and the People of God presents a Christ-shaped theology of preaching. Beyond exegesis or rhetoric alone, faithful proclamation is a question of spirituality, of preachers and listeners together yielding to God's gift of new life.

Insights on Romans: NIV

Insights on Romans: NIV

Tyndale is pleased to offer select volumes in Chuck Swindoll’s 15-volume series, Swindoll’s New Testament Insights. (Tyndale will eventually re-release the entire series as Swindoll’s Living Insights New Testament Commentary.) These deep yet practical commentaries draw from Chuck’s years as a pastor and student of the Word of God. His deep insight, signature easygoing style, and humor blend with verse-by-verse exposition of God’s Word in this unique series. Combining verse-by-verse commentary, charts, maps, photos, key terms, and background articles with practical application, this series is a must-have for pastors, teachers, and anyone else who is seeking a deeply practical resource for exploring God’s Word. The following 7 volumes are available now (the entire series will eventually be re-released): Insights on Luke (print and eBook)Insights on John (eBook only)Insights on Romans (print and eBook)Insights on Galatians & Ephesians (eBook only)Insights on 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus (eBook only)Insights on James, 1 & 2 Peter (print and eBook)Insights on Revelation (print and eBook)

Backstory Preaching

Integrating Life, Spirituality, and Craft

Backstory Preaching

Instead of being a dour task on the checklist, what if the process of homily prep renewed you? Instead of feeling insecure about your message, what if your skills made you confident to preach a consistently clear message of Good News, authentic to you, relevant to your listeners, holding their attention and inviting transformation? Backstory Preaching: Integrating Life, Spirituality, and Craft shows you how. By integrating your life and spirituality with the practical skills necessary for effective preaching, you can move beyond the boredom, stress, or insecurity of preaching so it is no longer you who preach but Christ who preaches in you. By connecting with God in the midst of your sermon prep, the Gospel will be spread deeper and further. God’s joy—and yours—will be made complete.

The Athenaeum

Journal of Literature, Science, the Fine Arts, Music and the Drama

The Athenaeum