Category Archives: Preaching

The Proclamatory Rule of the Gospel: Preach Good News!

What difference does apokatastasis make to the churchly preaching of the gospel? All the difference in the world, all the difference to the world! How we understand the conclusion of the gospel story informs how we tell the story. About fifteen … Continue reading

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St Isaac the Syrian and the Triumphant Love of God

How do we proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ as good news that liberates and transforms? How do we tell the narrative of the Savior in such a way that the kingdom of God is made present?  These are the … Continue reading

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How to preach a biblical text

When I was working on an STM with Robert W. Jenson at the Lutheran Seminary in Gettysburg (late 80s–early 90s), I would sit in the library stacks and peruse through the back issues of the journal dialog for articles written … Continue reading

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To Preach the Gospel is to Justify the Ungodly

“What happened to the world with Jesus,” Robert W. Jenson avers, “was that at the end of the long history of Israel’s promises, a sheerly unconditional promise was said and became sayable in the world” (Story and Promise, p. 50). … Continue reading

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Bleats from the Pew: Your Sermon is Too Long!

The following tip, counsel, admonition, or whatever you want to call it, is primarily intended for liturgical preachers—that is to say, for those priests and pastors who preach God’s Word within the context of a canonical eucharistic liturgy. Whether pastors … Continue reading

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Michael Hanby on the Metaphysics of Creation, Darwinism and Evolutionary Biology

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Gospel, Mortal Sin, and the Search for Assurance

The problem with mortal sin is that it’s so damned mortal. It scares me—as it rightly should. Mortal sin is nothing less than a state of spiritual death and impenitence. I know that the reason I was initially drawn to … Continue reading

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