Metaphors in the Culture
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Does it ever feel like you are way behind the chains and moving in the wrong direction? There is hope!
How Speaking of Jesus Changed My Preaching
Speaking of Jesus: The Art of NOT Evangelism isn’t intended to be a book on preaching. It’s a book about the primary ways we interact with people who don’t know Jesus. So it’s a book about evangelism, or, as the subtitle suggests, a book about NOT doing evangelism the way we used to. As I read […]
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 […]
Zombies and The Lord’s Supper? You Bet!
Editor’s note: We believe in a God who actually chose to take on human flesh–and culture–in order to save. This intersection of Gospel and culture has always been a bit of a touchy subject, but one which, by definition, can not be avoided. As Lesslie Newbigin puts it, “there is no such thing as a […]
Abide With Me: A Case Study
Part 2 of a 2-part series. (You can go to part 1 here.) “Abide with Me” and A Lifetime is a Day My professor, David Maxwell, encouraged me to do a close analysis of the hymn “Abide with Me,” by Henry F. Lyte (1793–1847), and he mentioned that it was one of his favorites. Well, […]
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
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 […]