Metaphors for Preaching

Wayne Jackson preached a sermon in the ’80s titled, “Why Preachers Quit Preaching.” One of the reasons he gave for why men quit is that they enter the work believing they will be the “Star of the Show.” Wayne elaborated on this by having the audience imagine a young man watching an older man enter…

“The Medium is the Message”

Marshal McLuhen was a student of the ways in which information is disseminated. He is famous for saying, “The medium is the message.” I am not sure I understand all he had in mind, but supposing I have an inkling of an idea, let me suppose a few things. First of all, there are more…

Where does your story begin?

When Jesus met with the Samaritan woman at the well (Jn 4), she said, “Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship” (4:20). Jesus said, “Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when neither in this mountain nor in Jerusalem, shall ye worship the…

The Bible and Slavery

I received a new book on the works of C. S. Lewis the other day. The title of the book is The Lion’s World, by Rowan Williams, the former Archbishop of Canterbury. Chapter 2 of the book addresses the critics of C. S. Lewis’ imaginative world of Narnia. Mr. Lewis has been weighed by some…

There Is a God

The late and former atheist, Antony Flew, wrote a book titled, “There Is a God.” The title on the front cover reads, “There is No God.” The word “No” is scribbled out, and the word “A” is written above it. The subtitle of the book is, “How the world’s most notorious atheist changed his mind.” I was…