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Basic Metaphor Theory

Basic Metaphor Theory

Metaphor theory has exploded since the early 1970’s, making it both an exciting and frustrating field of study, since different theorists rarely use the same technical terms or definitions. (For a [very] detailed overview of a variety of approaches to metaphor, see the Appendix to my dissertation, available here: Describing the Duality of Metaphor. Manufacturer’s Warning: […]

Outreach and Warfare

Outreach and Warfare

Conceptual Metaphors in Speaking of Jesus, Part 1 Introduction The way we talk reflects the way we think. In fact, for contemporary metaphor theory, metaphor is primarily a function of thought and perception, and only secondarily a matter of words or language. In significant and ubiquitous ways, we live our lives in terms of metaphor. […]

Biblical Images for Worship

Biblical Images for Worship

These images connect the elements of worship with the story of Scripture. As we place God’s name on God’s people in the Invocation, we are taken back to the burning bush, the dedication of Solomon’s temple, the Wilderness Wandering, and our own baptism. From the images related to Confession and Absolution, to the song of […]

The Sanctus and Metaphor Theory

The Sanctus and Metaphor Theory

I got to preach Isaiah 6 recently; a text I love in the midst of a sermon series devoted to the biblical images that shape our worship. You can listen to the sermon below, before or after you read the comments (or both), but the sermon brings up some interesting points of metaphor and homiletic […]

Bug Zapper, Unplugged Light, or Warm Fire–It Matters!

Bug Zapper, Unplugged Light, or Warm Fire–It Matters!

This sermon was preached on Epiphany by a good friend of mine, Pastor Steve Wiechman at Peace Lutheran Church, Hurst, Texas. Steve has read my dissertation and whether he meant to or not, he did a great job of putting theory into practice. Building on the Epiphany theme of light in the darkness, Steve invites […]

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 […]