October 26th, 2020 | 53 mins 46 secs
bible, christian, coronavirus, covid-19, craft of preaching, homiletics, hope, leader, ministry, pandemic, preacher, preaching, sermon
This workshop was given at the virtual 2020 Craft of Preaching. Sermons aren’t lectures. Yet every sermon is a teaching event in which preachers implicitly and explicitly sow ideas about what kind of book the Bible is and how it is supposed to be read. How can our sermons, without becoming lectures, guide congregations toward thoughtful ways of thinking about the Bible and what kinds of “authority” we might attach to it? Especially now, when our congregants are so isolated and our public life is so polarizing, how can we craft sermons that help people see the value of taking a variety of perspectives into account when reading and thinking about the scriptures?
The Hard Texts with Michael Chan: Spiritual Practices and Hermeneutical Approaches for Preaching the Bible’s Most Challenging Passages
October 26th, 2020 | 55 mins 55 secs
bible, christian, coronavirus, covid-19, craft of preaching, homiletics, hope, leader, michael chan, ministry, pandemic, preacher, preaching, sermon
Preachers everywhere have had this experience: We encounter texts that make us uncomfortable, and instead of preaching on them, we set them aside in favor of less unruly options. As American churches become more ideologically and educationally sorted, the temptation to avoid and dismiss uncomfortable texts will become greater. But sweeping untidy texts under the proverbial rug creates more problems than it solves. As preachers, we may think we are doing our congregations a favor when we hide theological problems from them. We are not. At the heart of the Protestant Reformation is an epic struggle with some of the Bible’s most challenging texts. Engagement with hard texts is part of our theological inheritance. This workshop will encourage preachers to tackle unloved texts in ways that publicly confront harmful interpretations and create stronger readers who are able to wrestle with discomfort.