Metaphor and Everyday Objects

Focus on the New Creation

Focus on the New Creation

The family has gathered. We ride the ups and down of sudden changes in breathing or consciousness. We share stories and pictures. We are waiting for Dad, my father-in-law Jim, to die. As I look out the back door to the lake, I am struck by the beauty of these summer days. The sun shines. […]

Passing on the Faith

Passing on the Faith

In a sermon series called “Family Matters,” we wanted to talk about the importance of passing on the faith to the next generation. But we also wanted to share some of the results of a Family Needs Survey the congregation had taken a few months before. The results of this survey showed a sense of […]

Smoking Kills (Don’t Be an Idiot!)

Smoking Kills (Don’t Be an Idiot!)

Metaphor works by mapping narrative inference structure from one domain of knowledge or experience to another. This kind of cross-domain mapping can of course be accomplished through words, but because metaphor is primarily a function of thought rather than language, we should expect to find the dynamics of metaphor not only in the things we […]

The Tri-Cycle of Sin, Judgment, and Grace

The Tri-Cycle of Sin, Judgment, and Grace

Sin, Judgment, and Grace  You know the story. It is appropriately labeled, “The Fall.” Eve listens to the tempter’s voice. Adam stands by without trying to stop her and joins in sin. Death becomes inevitable. The harmony is broken. Nothing is the way it should be anymore. And so begins a cycle we see again […]

Outreach and Containers

Outreach and Containers

Conceptual Metaphors in Speaking of Jesus, Part 2 In part 1 of this blog, we considered the conceptual metaphor ARGUMENT IS WAR in the book Speaking of Jesus: The Art of Not-Evangelism by Carl Medearis. This blog picks up where part 1 left off, with the discussion of a second conceptual metaphor that often guides our experience […]

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 […]

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 […]