Category: Preaching and teaching

Winnowing

Isaiah 40:3, as cited in Matthew 3, was fulfilled by the ministry of John the Baptist. Isaiah promised a bulldozer of a man to build a proper road for the Messiah, “crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord; make his paths straight.’” In John’s day the imagery of carving a proper road …

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A Journey of the Heart

I’m revisiting Peter Sanlon’s helpful study, Augustine’s Theology of Preaching. One sentence caught me: “Augustine describes this life as a journey traveled by the affections” (p. 84). This link of outward journey and inner affections is what Pete offers as Augustine’s “interiority”—the realm of the soul’s longings and desires—that shapes “temporality.” This statement reverses what …

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WWJD Revisited

What should we make of the WWJD movement—What Would Jesus Do?—of the 90’s? Proponents of that movement updated Charles Sheldon’s book, In His Steps: What Would Jesus Do? They also borrowed from The Imitation of Christ by Thomas à Kempis of the 16th century. I’ve been a skeptic. My hesitation has nothing to do with …

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Evangelism

This entry is shared with the Cor Deo site. Please offer any responses there. Thanks! My friend is an evangelist, a global Christian activist who offers the gospel whenever and wherever he finds opportunity. After any restaurant meal, for instance, he’ll fold the tip in a gospel tract. His voicemail message offers a gospel invitation …

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Helping Jesus

If a curious reader were to read the entire Bible in a month or so he’d notice that the faith expressed there seems oddly out of touch with the forms of faith common today. It’s as if some folks are editing the faith to help Jesus succeed. Let’s listen to such a possible meeting between …

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More than a manual

I’m in transit from Portland to the UK right now, at the Chicago O’Hare airport, set to finish up my blog for the week. But first I read Peter Mead’s new entry at the Cor Deo website and immediately decided to invite readers here to read what he shares there and allow me to defer …

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