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Integrative Preaching

One of the the best teachers that I have studied under in preaching Dr. Kenton Anderson hosts a website called Preaching.org and is an advocate of integrative-classroom.  Click the link to open up various resources on the topic and learn the approach first hand.

The Model

The Tools

The Elements

The Process

Preaching the Lectionary

The Lectionary isindex not part of my usual preaching tradition, but today I preached as part of the Liturgical service at Ft Jackson.  It was the Third Sunday of Easter, in year B in the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL).

The readings were:  Acts 3:12-19, Psalm 4 (read responsively), 1 John 3:1-7, and the Gospel reading was Luke 24:36b-48.  The service was great, full of reverence, readings, and prayers.  Preaching the lectionary was more fun, yet more challenging than I thought it would be.  I began looking for the theme that connected these passages.  “Witness” seemed to be the theme that stood out.  The Big Idea for my message was,

“Witnessing the Resurrected Lord must move us from talk to walk.”

While in Seminary working on my Th.M, I took a class at Harvard Divinity School, Preaching through the Liturgical Year.  It was a good introduction to the idea.  I discussed the difference between preaching sermon series and preaching the Revised Common Lectionary with preachers from each tradition.

Many of you who do this regularly might know about many resources, but I wanted to point out a few helps.

If you are preaching the lectionary as part of your tradition there are several resources to check out.

Feasting-on-the-Word-Complete-12-Volume-Set-Bartlett-David-L-9780664237134There is a great commentary set entitled Feasting on the Word
You can get the whole set or buy specific volumes.  Check out their site. 
Also there are two books that I have read that have been helpful to me in these areas.

A couple sites that have been helpful are:

Other resources that a friend of mine pointed out are below:
A resource I have found helpful is the Lectionary Lab.  Pastors discuss reflections on passages via a podcast.
Preaching the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL) has been a great experience and there are many resources available to help.  The Lectionary connects us to the larger church and the cycle of the Christian year.
  • Do you used the RCL regularly?
  • How has it been helpful?
  • What has been difficult?
  • What are the most helpful resources you have used?

As you preach, do it well, honor God and use the best resources as you teach His Word!

Unbroken & the Power of Story

I just finished watching the movie Unbroken and was reminded of to power of story.  Before seeing the movie I had heard mixed reviews.  I heard great praise for the book and less for the movie.  Since seeing the movie trailer and wanted to see it.

A friend had given me the book and to be honest, I started it but failed to finish it.  I also have the audio book that is a total of 14 hrs.  I have listened to several hours, but have not finished it either.  Some of the criticism I have heard, is that the movie leaves Louis Zamperini’s faith out of the movie and his faith and what happened after the Billy Graham Crusade was the most significant part of the his life and healing.

After watching, faith was a major theme throughout the movie.  Faith seemed to be the thread that head it together.  Faith in God was a major theme in the movie, yet perhaps understated.  I left the movie, inspired and wanting the hear the rest of the story.  I had heard Zamperini’s life was changed at a Billy Graham Crusade.  Though the movie does not give specific details, it highlights that Louis gave his life to God and went back to Japan and offered forgiveness.

UNBROKEN is the story of Louis Zamperini, but it is more than that.  It is a story of faith, perseverance, and the human spirit.  It is about the struggle of life & death, good & evil, survival, the will to succeed, war & peace, the sovereignty of God and forgiveness.  Stories have the power to open up the mind, touch the heart and inspire us.

Below are more links to stories and interviews with Louis Zamperini 

As I think about the incredible story of Louis Zamperini, it has made me reflect on the power of story and storytelling.

We must think about how we tell a story.  A story can be true, yet one chooses to include some details and exclude others.

Why?

There are reasons for telling a story and various questions come into play when choosing how to tell it.

Some of them are:

  • Who is the audience?
  • How long do I have to tell the story?
  • What is the purpose of telling the story?
  • What is the point of the story?
  • What is the scope of the story?
  • Who’s perspective should I tell the story from?

These questions are key to identifying how a story is told.  Some story analysis is done intentionally and others happen naturally without even realizing it.  When telling a story, we also must ask based on our analysis questions above:  What  details, facts, emotions, pictures, dialogue, characters, do I include when telling this story?

You can’t include everything and you can’t say it all.

What you include and exclude is important, so be intentional.

As a communicator storytelling is more complex that you think.

So, Let’s do it well!

A Message of Peace at Christmas

Can you imagine peace this Christmas?  Imagine a time of where war would cease  so that Soldiers could honor the Prince of Peace.

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders.  And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”  Isaiah 9:6

This is a message that needs to be heard today, as it was years ago.

A commercial came out this year, highlighting the true events of war from Christmas 100 years ago.  As you watch the ad and reflect on the story, remember to pray for our Soldiers and Families today.

Click here to see a video on the story behind the ad

What has been the favorite Christmas message you have heard or preached?

Our Chapel is using the principles of Advent Conspiracy this year, you will  find some resources (here)

Pray for our Soldiers who are often in the middle of conflict, that they will begin to know true Peace that comes from a baby born in a manger so long ago.

Merry Christmas!

The Funeral Message & a few Resources

CH MooreA few weeks ago, I was featured in a news article about teaching on “The Funeral Message”.  The article entitled “Chaplain Trains Civilian Counterparts” can be found here.

What we say and how we say it matters.  As chaplains we must do our best to honor God, the service of those who have served, and care for those left behind.

For those of you who want to get better at funerals, below are some resources for you:

The first is a resource put together by one of my friends Ron Fisher.

 

  • Dignity with Brevity – A Concise Guide to Crafting Christian Funeral Services APR 2014

The Second is the Army Manual providing guidance for Funerals.

There is also a Digital Reference that is a great resource below is a link. (you may need CAC access to view)

There are many books and manuals written to help with funerals.

Do you have any favorites or go-to resources?

Leave a comment and let us know.

 

A Look at 20 years of Military Chaplains’ Review with an Eye on Preaching

militarychaplain19721unse_0001The Military Chaplains’ Review was a professional publication in cooperation with all military branches to discuss issues that are important to Chaplains and their ministry.  Each issue can be found in an Online Archive here.  The Military Chaplain’s Review was published from 1972-1992.  Below you will find an extended bibliography of all the articles on preaching from this publication.  Each entry is divided by section and is alphabetical by author.  The name of the article, issue, and a brief description is listed for your help.

  • General Works

 Ferguson, Earl H.

“Where is Preaching?” Military Chaplains’ Review Vol 1 No. 3 (Aug 1972): 53-64.

Discusses the state of preaching in the military. The author challenges Chaplains that despite a “crisis” of negative preaching, one can focus on individual skills and raise the level of specific preaching.

Nuscher, Max.
“The Chaplain’s Message.” Military Chaplains’ Review (Spring 1978): 93-102. States that preaching is an event composed of more than a sermon. It is preparation of sermon, self, congregation, service, and the military community. Article also discusses McLuhan and Bultmann in regards to preaching.

Scott, Manuel L.

“What is the Nature of Effective Preaching?” Military Chaplains’ Review (Spring 1974): 1-6. Defines effective preaching within a Protestant and Catholic context. Scott provides solutions for relevant preaching.

  • Preaching and Theology

Burslie, Bruce L.

“The Army Pulpit from One Perspective.” Military Chaplains’ Review (Winter 1986): 42-44. There is a collective opinion that Chaplains cannot preach effectively. Burslie provides key theological principles to encourage better preaching and proposes that making preaching a priority can reverse the negative perspectives.

Fant, Clyde E.

“Communicating the Gospel.” Military Chaplains’ Review (Spring 1974): 15-22.

Explains communication of the gospel as a theological problem. Fant explores the human and divine dimensions.

Wolfe, Charles

“Homiletical Insights from Variant Readings.” Military Chaplains’ Review (Summer 1979): 37-42. Discusses the use of variant readings in the sermon to provide new insights and enliven the text in unusual ways.

  • Topics of Preaching

Hufham, William L.

“Preaching the Prophets: A suggested methodology.” Military Chaplains’ Review (Winter 1986): 31-41. Looks at Old Testament prophets and discusses a methodology for preaching. He uses Isaiah as a model and has a three-fold structure: I. Separation, II. Invitation, and III. Restoration.

Mitchell, Henry H.

“The Preaching Ministry to Blacks.” Military Chaplains’ Review Vol. No. 1 (January 1972): 1-18. Discusses the uniqueness of black preaching and helps chaplains understand the unique ministry they can have to blacks in the military.

O’Driscoll, Herbert

“Preaching in an Apocalyptic Age.” Military Chaplains’ Review (Winter 1986): 7-14.

Starting with Revelation 12, the author discusses preaching and the connections to spirituality and Biblical hope.

Troxell, Thomas, E.

“Humor as a Preaching Tool” Military Chaplains’ Review (Winter 1986): 59-63.

Discusses the importance of humor in preaching and effective methodologies for use in the sermon.

Walaskay, Maxine

“Gender and Preaching.” Military Chaplains’ Review (Winter 1983): 55-60.

Discusses both positive and negative responses to women preachers. She examines solutions for reversing role prejudices.

  • The Preacher

Burghardt, Walter J.

“From Study to Proclamation.” Military Chaplains’ Review (Winter 1986): 76-88.

Provides a guide to move from the classroom to the pulpit. The author discusses the importance of the preacher in knowing God and shaping the sermon.

Ennis, Raymond E.

“Imagination and the Preaching of a Military Chaplain.” Military Chaplains’ Review (Winter 1986): 52-58. Discusses the many different levels of the preaching imagination and lists practical tips for preachers to nurture imagination.

Galle, Joseph E.

“The Use of Imagination in Preaching Today” Military Chaplains’ Review Vol. 2 No. 4 (November 1973): 60-63. Discusses the need of the preacher to see and experience the message. He draws upon the book Preaching Today as a resource for effective communication.

Hedrick, Charles W.
“Excellence in Preaching: A Neglected Art?” Military Chaplains’ Review (Winter 1979): 1-10. Despite their multifaceted ministries, Hedrick challenges chaplains to be first and foremost “ministers of the Word.” He discusses the importance of excellence in scholarship and the holistic approach to knowledge. He states that the sermon reflects the character of the preacher and offers tips to provide more depth.

Troeger, Thomas. “What Shall I Preach on Sunday?”
 Military Chaplains’ Review (Summer 1980): 1-8. Discusses importance of deciding on sermon topic. He examines people’s struggles, actions and the work of the Spirit.

  • The Congregation

Dodd, Paul W.

“Preaching in the Army Showcase.” Military Chaplains’ Review (Winter 1986): 22-30.

Provides a case study of pulpit ministry at FT Meyers. He also reflects on important and high profile ministry of the chapel.

Henderson, J. Frank.

“One Layman’s View of Contemporary Preaching.” Military Chaplains’ Review (Fall 1977): 75-78. A Catholic layman reflections on a year’s worth of sermons in an attempt to help the preacher understand the perspective from the pew.

Keizer Jr., Herman.

“Ethics and Preaching.” Military Chaplains’ Review(Winter 1986): 68-75.

Asserts that preaching is central to what is happening in the Christian community. He analyzes preaching and ethics, specifically the relationship between speech and action.

Morris, George E.
“Preaching in a Multi-Cultural Context.” Military Chaplains’ Review (Summer 1981): 23-36. Discusses the difficulty of preaching in a multicultural context and examines various questions in regards to differing responses to situations. He discusses the importance of building relationships in the breaking down of barriers.

Tyson, Grandville.
“Strategy for Competing with the Media Preachers.”
 Military Chaplains’ Review (Summer 1984): 5-14. Discusses the impact of media preachers on the chapel congregation. He highlights the importance of the personal nature of ministry and the preaching of the chaplain.

  • The Setting-Liturgical

Crews, James

“Wrestling with the Lectionary.” Military Chaplains’ Review (Spring 1992): 16-19.

Preaching using the Lectionary has many benefits to the chaplain and congregation.

Chaplain reflects personally on how he has been encouraged and challenged by using it.

Randolph, David James.

“Christian Faith as Event: Implications for Worship and Preaching.” Military Chaplains’ Review (Spring 1974): 32-37. Preaching is not a problem to be solved, but a potential to be developed. This article makes a connection between preaching and worship.

Strange, Herbert B.

“Liturgics: A forgotten art in the chaplaincy?” Military Chaplains’ Review (Spring 1992): 39-45. Chaplain Strange writes, “Quality preaching is mark of quality ministry.” The article focuses on the importance of preaching and the chaplain’s role in planning worship.

  • The Setting- Special Occasions

Phillips, Robert J.

“A Good Word for Wedding Sermons.” Military Chaplains’ Review (Winter 1986): 64-67. Article discusses the importance if wedding sermons and provides principles. Author explores various purposes of the wedding sermon.

Smartt, David W.

“The Field Preaching Experience.” Military Chaplains’ Review (Winter 1986): 15-21.

Discusses the importance of preaching in the field and the unique relationship between the Soldiers and the chaplains.

Warme, Thomas. “At Arlington Cemetery The Sermons Came To Life.” Military Chaplains’ Review (Spring 1978): 85-92. Discusses the importance of the funeral sermon. Chaplain gives personal reflections on sermons preached and observed at Arlington National Cemetery.

  • The Sermon

 Atwood, Bertram.

“The Preacher as Interpreter” Military Chaplains’ Review (Fall 1976): 65-74.

Discusses the technique of questioning the scripture to bring the sermon to life. The author provides sample questions and models the questioning technique.

Furgeson, Earl H.

“Where Does a Sermon Begin?” Military Chaplains’ Review Vol. 2 No. 1 (January 1973): 1-7. Discusses the proclamational theory of preaching and the shared conviction of both Catholic and Protestant to preach the gospel. The theory is then discussed regarding the conception and delivery of the sermon.

Swander, J. Phillip.

“Action in the Art of Preaching.” Military Chaplains’ Review (Winter 1986): 89-96.

Points out misconceptions of preaching and explains how preaching is the art of the spoken word. He asserts that the fundamental element of preaching is action.

  • Delivery

Davidson, Neil R.

“Let’s Try Innovative Preaching: An experiment and the results.” Military Chaplains’ Review (Summer 1974): 11-12. Looks at new communication methods to close the gap between pulpit and pew. Practical models and methods are discussed and results of feedback are presented.

Kirkland, Bryant M.

“Say It So They Can See It.” Military Chaplains’ Review (Spring 1992): 3-8.

Challenges preachers to create more visual sermons. The key is to have sermon material that is real, reliable, redemptive, retrievable and replicated in the life of the preacher.

Myers, David G. and John J. Shaughnessy.
“Memorable Preaching.” Military Chaplains’ Review (Summer 1981): 9-16. Discusses approaches to making sermons more memorable. They list five key steps based on Yale research.

Nichols, J. Randall.

“The Languages of Preaching” Military Chaplains’ Review (Fall 1975): 13-26. Preaching has many different strands of communication. The preacher must learn how the different languages of preaching are heard so they can communicate more effectively in the pulpit and be understood by the congregation.

  •  History-Periods

 Perry, Edwin M.

“Before the Troops: Sermons to militias 1763-1775.” Military Chaplains’ Review (Fall 1987): 9-22. Highlights sermons before a formalized chaplain corps during the revolutionary war.

  • History-Theory

Thompson, William D.

“Homiletics- State of the Art, 1986.” Military Chaplains’ Review (Winter 1986): 1-6.

Discusses a renewal in preaching going on in 1986. Author highlights key books in the field regarding the New Homiletic as well as a move to traditional forms of preaching.

  • Teaching

Burke, John.

“Preaching Perspectives.” Military Chaplains’ Review (Spring 1974): 7-14.

Describes methods and programs aimed at homiletical improvement. He uses principles learned while teaching speech and drama at a Catholic university.

Nichols, J. Randall.

“What Should We Teach the Preacher?” Military Chaplains’ Review (Spring 1974): 23-31. Discusses the crisis point in ministry when the preacher fails to understand the purpose of preaching. He explains the purpose of a stated objective and proposition.

Sandrow, Edward T.

“Homiletics as a Science and Preaching as an Art.” Military Chaplains’ Review (Spring 1975): 47-51. Discusses homiletics as a discipline in the training of rabbis as well as the task of the Jewish preacher and chaplain.

Thompson, William D.

“Evaluating Chaplaincy Skills in Preaching and Worship.” Military Chaplains’ Review (Spring 1992): 23-33. Discusses the role of preaching in various faith traditions. He highlights ways to help evaluate preaching by complaining and contrasting 12 traditions.

U.S. Army Chaplaincy Service Support Agency

“The Army Training Strategy in Homiletics.” Military Chaplains’ Review (Spring 1992): 20-22. Army policy for training chaplains in homiletics is laid out in article.