Over the past couple of months there’s been a steady stream of articles by Christian leaders weighing in on the Israel Folau controversy. A common theme has been an affirmation of Folau’s commitment to his faith, while expressing concern about his rhetorical strategy; that is, the way in which he’s spoken about it. We see … Continue reading Beyond Israel Folau: the importance of rhetorical setting
My new book has been released this month by Inter-Varsity Press (UK), entitled Catching the Wave: Preaching the New Testament as Rhetoric. So expect to see plenty of shameless self-promotion over the next few months, since Christian publishers these days rely on authors to do a lot of the marketing! Who’s the book for? The primary … Continue reading New Book: Catching the Wave
Most people don’t remember anything that happened to them before the age of two. Which, as a parent, makes you wonder why you bother. Feeding, changing, bathing, going to the park, pretending you can’t see them when they put their hands over their eyes, and reading the same story over and over again – none … Continue reading Why bother with preaching?
Few books of the Bible have been as controversial in their interpretation as Revelation. This article is a transcript of various sermons and lectures I’ve given over the years about how I approach the book. I’ve included it here essentially so I can link to it whenever Coffee with the King deals with a text from Revelation – … Continue reading Interpreting Revelation
An Acts to Grind: using Acts as church manual ‘Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the way things are done, just as they were handed down to us by those who were foundation members of our particular denomination. Therefore, since I myself have carefully confirmed my own prejudices from the beginning, it … Continue reading Preaching Acts
I’ve been guilty of it. Probably more times than I’ve realised. And so have you, I’m guessing, if you’re a preacher who has ever tried to be creative; who has tried to do something different in order to captivate the congregation with the truth of Scripture. At some point, we’ve all fallen into the error … Continue reading When your sermon needs Greg
This is a quick overview of the book by the same title, published by Wipf & Stock and available on Amazon.com. It’s a thesis publication with the Australian College of Theology. A more accessible, practical presentation – aimed at preachers – is planned for later in 2015. Exordium: Designing a sermon that does Language doesn’t just say. … Continue reading Preaching the NT as Rhetoric
This is some supporting material to a sermon on Praying Scripture, for Gymea Baptist Church (July 19, 2015). The challenge is to go for one week not praying for anything we don’t find in Paul’s prayers (below). See how it changes your patterns of prayer! Thankfulness 1 Cor 1:3 I always thank my God for you because … Continue reading Praying Scripture