Metaphors in the Text

The Dead Sea and the River of Life

The Dead Sea and the River of Life

by Justin Rossow The following sermon is based on the vision recorded in Ezekiel 47:1-12. Revelation 22:1-7a and John 4 were also used in worship that day. We often think of metaphor as using something we know to help us understand something we don’t know. While that may often be the case, it’s hardly a […]

Source and Target, Target, Target Domains

Source and Target, Target, Target Domains

If you know even the basics of contemporary metaphor theory, then you know that in the metaphor “Richard is a gorilla,” what we know (or think we know) about gorillas is the “Source domain.” The metaphor works by taking what we know and expect and how we reason about gorillas and mapping those inferences and […]

Abide With Me: A Case Study

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]