How Odd of God–our listeners have been graciously elected by God to be for God

My book, How Odd of God, is my attempt to show the relevance of Karl Barth’s Doctrine of Election for today’s preachers. Here is an excerpt from that book that gives you an indication of the encouragement and critique I hope to give contemporary preachers: 1.  God is the primary agent of preaching. (See previousContinue reading “How Odd of God–our listeners have been graciously elected by God to be for God”

How Odd of God–God is the primary agent of preaching

My book, How Odd of God, is my attempt to show the relevance of Karl Barth’s Doctrine of Election for today’s preachers. Here is an excerpt from that book that gives you an indication of the encouragement and critique I hope to give contemporary preachers: God is the primary agent of preaching. Preaching is aContinue reading “How Odd of God–God is the primary agent of preaching”

Discussion of Professor Will Willimon’s New Book How Odd of God

Discussion of Professor Will Willimon’s New Book ‘How Odd of God’ Wednesday, November 4, 2015 – 12:15pm to 1:15pm 0015 Westbrook Building Will Willimon at will@duke.edu Duke Divinity School will hold a public discussion on Professor Will Willimon’s new book, “How Odd of God: Chosen for the Curious Vocation of Preaching,” which was published inContinue reading “Discussion of Professor Will Willimon’s New Book How Odd of God”

How Odd of God, excerpt–The Calling of St Matthew

This week Westminster/John Knox Press publishes my most recent book on preaching, How Odd of God: Chosen for the Curious Vocation of Preaching. The book is my attempt to give encouragement and nourishment to my fellow preachers through the lens of Karl Barth’s Doctrine of Election. Here is an excerpt from that book: Throughout myContinue reading “How Odd of God, excerpt–The Calling of St Matthew”

The Christian Century: Preachers on Preaching, episode 5

PREACHERS ON PREACHING Episode 5: Will Willimon Oct 12, 2015 William H. Willimon is professor of the practice of Christian ministry at Duke Divinity School. He recently retired after serving eight years as bishop of the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church. In this episode, Will and Matt discuss the preacher’s temptation toContinue reading “The Christian Century: Preachers on Preaching, episode 5”

Daniel Darling’s The Original Jesus, reviewed in Christianity Today

The Original Jesus: Trading the Myths We Create for the Savior Who Is, Daniel Darling, foreword by Russell Moore, Baker Books, 2015. You know the old saw that God created humans in his own image and we have spent ages returning the compliment. How ironic that Jesus, who came to change us, has from theContinue reading “Daniel Darling’s The Original Jesus, reviewed in Christianity Today”