Cross-Cultural Metaphor Interpretation

Plato’s Cave, Hymnody, and Metaphor Theory

Plato’s Cave, Hymnody, and Metaphor Theory

Editor’s Note Deaconess Ruth McDonnell shows her skill with metaphor and her interest in the worship life of the Church with this, her first article as a guest contributor.  She presented this two-part blog as a single paper at a regional meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature. Ruth brings a complex view of metaphor […]

THE CHRISTIAN LIFE IS A BATTLE

THE CHRISTIAN LIFE IS A BATTLE

From Brazilian Culture to Biblical Thinking In the first part of this blog, we took a look at how the Brazilian culture thinks about, speaks of, and experiences LIFE in terms of BATTLE. This structured way of thinking, speaking, and experiencing is also one way Christians conceive of discipleship or LIVING THE CHRISTIAN LIFE. According to David […]

The Brazilian Metaphor LIFE IS A BATTLE

The Brazilian Metaphor LIFE IS A BATTLE

Editor’s Note This article–the first by guest contributor Samuel Fuhrmann–is an excellent example of applying the metaphor theory proposed on this blog to both theology and culture. Samuel notices the way people talk (and think/evaluate/make decisions) in his Brazilian culture and uses these observations to think about how our theology can be preached and lived […]

Outreach and Journey

Outreach and Journey

 Conceptual Metaphor in Speaking of Jesus, Part 3 Speaking of Jesus intends to move Christians beyond thinking of non-Christians as “the enemy” and of salvation as “crossing a boundary line;” instead, Medearis wants people not only to speak of, but also to follow Jesus. This view of the Christian faith—faith as following Jesus—inherently embodies a […]

Metaphor and Worship

Metaphor and Worship

For centuries the Christian liturgy has taken Biblical texts and used them in the flow of worship. This juxtaposition of ancient text and present activity is, in effect, a metaphor. The images and narrative context of the Biblical text become the Source Domain, the lens through which we understand the activity of Christian worship. Worship […]

The Potter and the Clay

The Potter and the Clay

Listen to this sermon here: This sermon uses the Scriputral image of God as the potter and the disciple as clay in His hands. The basic structure follows a Metaphor design with the following three moves: 1) Evoke the Source Domain 2) Map to the Target 3) Explore with a New Lens The fourth move […]

He Will Make Straight Your Paths

He Will Make Straight Your Paths

The following is a manuscript of a wedding sermon. I never really looked at it once the service got going, and there are a few things in the manuscript that are much rougher than I would like. But this sermon does connect the lives and history of the hearers with the biblical text and intentionally […]