Dynamics of Metaphor

Heading in the Right Direction

Heading in the Right Direction

Metaphors shape the way we think. Metaphors shape how we make decisions. Metaphors allow us to experience one thing in terms of something else. The following is a sermon produced by a student in a course I teach on metaphor theory. The assignment was to put the basic elements of metaphor theory to use in […]

Retooling Your Sermon Development

Retooling Your Sermon Development

By Justin Rossow Introduction: Retooling Your Preaching, Part 1 This fall I got to spend a couple of days at beautiful Camp Arcadia with deacons in the Michigan District for their annual retreat. We had a great time talking about preaching and exploring different tools that serve faithful proclamation. This blog series on Retooling Your Preaching is […]

A Tale of Two Easters

A Tale of Two Easters

Preachers sometimes find themselves saying the same thing over and over again. Regardless of the text or day, they feel like they are running the proclamation of the Word through the same theological ringer week after week. Yearly celebrations of the same festival can magnify that feeling: I’ve preached Easter and Resurrection 15 years in […]

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 […]