What are we to do with the Baptist?

  For reasons that I hope will be clear shortly, I have titled my words as “What are we to do with the Baptist?”  John the Baptist, that is. Having been at it for a while, I can say that preaching in the church is both the easiest and most difficult thing I’ve done.   … [Read more...]

Bearing Witness Through Biblical Preaching

In The Witness of Preaching, Thomas Long describes biblical preaching in the following way, “Biblical preaching happens when a preacher prayerfully goes to listen to the Bible on behalf of the people and then speaks on Christ’s behalf what the preacher hears there.”   The goal of The Ministry of Preaching Course (MIN 6302) at Austin Grad is to equip students with the homiletical skills needed to bear faithful witness to Christ’s gospel through the event of preaching.  Utilizing the works of Thomas Long, Fred Craddock, and Barbara Brown Taylor students will develop their own theology of preaching. Throughout the semester, we will … [Read more...]

Christian Encounters with other Cultures & Faiths

What does it mean for Christians to encounter adherents of other religious traditions? Living in an ambulatory, pluralistic world such intersections are inevitable. While these encounters were less frequent in the past due to more limited mobility, this is no longer true. We can circumnavigate the globe quickly and with relative ease via commercial air carriers. In addition, social media has created the possibility of communicating with the vast majority of people on the planet. Given this reality, it is vital for Christians who serve or intend to serve in ministry—along with any others who have the slightest evangelistic bent—to prepare … [Read more...]

How To Become A Person With Soul In The Game

In his provocative book, Antifragile, Things That Gain From Disorder, Nassim Taleb describes three types of people in society (p. 376-377).  There are those who are described as having “no skin in the game.” According to Taleb, these are those who seek to benefit from others, regardless of the harm that might be caused.  A second type of person is described as having “skin in the game.”  Those with skin in the game assume their own risks and neither benefit from nor harm others.  A third type of person in society is described as having “soul in the game.”  These people are willing to take risks on behalf of … [Read more...]

Got Milk? Finding Words to Nourish a Seeker

Where does one begin in sharing the faith with a seeker? We’ve all asked the question. Perhaps it flashed through your mind as you sat across a coffee table from a friend. He unexpectedly expressed curiosity about our devotion. “Where do I start? What should I say?” It’s an important question. Fortunately, we don’t have to make up our own answer. There is biblical guidance. Early Jesus-followers employed a particularly telling metaphor complex to name the first instruction offered to seekers. Multiple authors of the New Testament (Paul, Hebrews, Peter) use the teaching as milk metaphor. In this post I unpack it in search of wisdom for … [Read more...]