Friday, May 25, 2007

Preaching Texts That May or May Not Be "About Preaching"

One of the joys of my life is facilitating classes for Ministry Skills Institute (an outreach of Grace Covenant)
and other groups.

I enjoy the MSI classes as pastors, missionaries and all interested folk come out for regional events that are seminary level, but decidedy practical and impartational.

As usual, my teaching can be (to mix metaphors) "out of the box and without a paddle." They call me (lovingly, I think) the faculty "Wildman"..

I think students for my next preaching class (It will eventually be called "Preaching in the New World", "The Event Formerly Known as Preaching" or something cheesy like that) will have the fun of picking a number from the list below, and then using the suggested pair of books for their research paper. Some pairs may be obvious: they dovetail, they contadict, they balance

each other theologically or lengrth-wise...Some pairs are unobvious and that's's holy randomnity...

...which is why I might allow "mix and match."

I am aware that I really wanted more authors of "color" (not mine, that is: ghostwhite) and/or international representation. Any suggestions would be appreciated.


1)"Countdown to Sunday: A Daily Guide for Those Who Dare to Preach" by Chris Erdman
"Re-Imagining Preaching" by Doug Pagitt

2)Haddon Robinson's "Expository Preaching"
Ralph Lewis's "Inductive Preaching"

3)"A Serrated Edge: A Brief Defense of Biblical Satire and Trinitarian Skylarking "
by Douglas Wilson
"Permission Granted to Do Church Differently in the 21st Century"
Graham Cooke and Gary Goodell

5)" A Conversation With Jesus" by Stephen Seamands
"Get Up Up Off Your Knees: Preaching the U2 Catalog" ed. by Raewynne J. Whiteley and
Beth Maynard

6)"Teaching a Stone to Talk: Expeditions and Encounters"
Annie Dillard
"Kingdom, Grace, Judgment: Paradox, Outrage, and Vindication in the Parables of Jesus" by Robert Farrar Capon

7)"Ministry in the Image of God: The Trinitarian Shape of Christian Service"
Stephen Seamands
"If You Want to Write" by Brenda Ueland/"On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft" by Stephen King

The Shaping of Things to Come: Innovation and Mission for the 21 Century Church by Michael Frost and Alan Hirsch
"One Step Closer: Why U2 Matters to Those Seeking God" by Christian Scharen

10)"The Hidden Power of Electronic Culture: How Media Shapes Faith, the Gospel, and Church" by
Shane Hipps
"Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith" , Anne Lamott

12)"Prophetic Imagination"
by Walter Bruggeman
"Rock Gets Religion" by Terry Mattingly

13)"Houses That Change The World" by
Wolfgang Simson
and "The Tipping Point" by Malcolm Gladwell

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