Tag Archives: hermeneutics

The surprise of preaching texts

I preach texts. Almost always. By that, I mean that my sermon is governed by the selection of one text. In fact, I think of my sermon as a performance of the text, not as a way of talking about … Continue reading

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Richard Beck Coming to Streaming, Oct 9-11

It’s a great deal in life when one of your favorite people turns out to be someone you get to work with from time-to-time. Richard Beck is one of those guys for me. We were colleagues at Abilene Christian University … Continue reading

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Better Than Compromise

Sometimes compromise is good and productive. Sometimes its like kissing your sister (to be clear, I don’t have a sister, but I think I know what is meant by this colloquialism).  A community can’t function without a compromise every now … Continue reading

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Loving as Knowing and thoughts about ministry preparation

What if theology were about God, not just the history of ideas about God? And what if ministry training was about pursuing God and not just knowing things about God or acquiring skills related to the public tasks of ministry? … Continue reading

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Three Smooth Stones: Am I Making Ministry too Complex?

So, I’ve had an imaginary dialogue partner as I’ve written the last three posts on action-reflection-articulation, managing polarities, and myth and parable. And this imaginary partner says, “Hey, smarty pants. You don’t have to know any of these things to … Continue reading

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Three Smooth Stones: Action-Reflection-Articulation

I worked for six years with Bill Hunt, who was our youth minister at the East County Church of Christ. Bill had studied with David Wray at ACU, one of the best churchmen I know, and had learned from him … Continue reading

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Three Smooth Stones for Ministry

Ministry is not a science, at least not the way I think about it. As my friends, Ryan and Jess Woods, put it. Ministry is about the two most unpredictable forces in the world–the Spirit of God and human beings. … Continue reading

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A Rant of Biblical Distortions

I was recently asked to review a book for a theological journal. The book absolutely made me nuts. I found it to be pretty much a crime against the environment given the trees that gave their life for its production. … Continue reading

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Meaningful Christian Jargon

I have spent an extraordinary amount of energy around the word missional the past few years. I discovered the word through the GOCN while I was writing my DMin thesis. I was brought to ACU to teach in their seminary … Continue reading

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In Praise of Historical-Critical Readings of Scripture

I’ve written quite a bit about the use of Scripture in the church and have from time-to-time taken some shots at the historical-critical method. By historical-critical method, I mean those methods that are used to locate the text within its … Continue reading

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