Sep 10, 2011

Pedantry in the Use of Greek in Preaching

Kenneth Wuest notes that pedanticism needs to be avoided in the pulpit. Concerning this point Wuest notes:  

"There is no place in the Christian pulpit for a display or affectation of learning. Nor should there be any undue emphasis placed upon minutiae in the presentation of one’s knowledge when preaching the Word. The trained exegete will leave the technicalities connected with the grammar and syntax of the Greek language, back where they belong, in his study. He will bring only the finished product with him into the pulpit. To talk about the aorist tense, for instance, to an audience that could not tell the difference between it and the side of a barn, is pedantic. To mention a Greek word in an address to an audience that does not know Greek, is likewise pedantic."

Kenneth S. Wuest and revised by Donald L. Wise, The Practical Use of the Greek New Testament, Revised ed. (Chicago: Moody, 1982), 135.

Latest Issue of Review of Biblical Literature

The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below.

A. Graeme Auld and Erik Eynikel, eds.
For and against David: Story and History in the Books of Samuel
Reviewed by Frank H. Polak

Philip Culbertson and Elaine M. Wainwright, eds.
The Bible in/and Popular Culture: A Creative Encounter
Reviewed by Claudia Setzer
Reviewed by Anthony Swindell

Thomas Holsinger-Friesen
Irenaeus and Genesis: A Study of Competition in Early Christian Hermeneutics
Reviewed by Thomas Andrew Bennett

Philip J. King
The Bible Is for Living: A Scholar's Spiritual Journey
Reviewed by Jeffrey L. Staley

Nina E. Livesey
Circumcision as a Malleable Symbol
Reviewed by Matthew Thiessen

Aliou Cissé Niang
Faith and Freedom in Galatia and Senegal: The Apostle Paul, Colonists and Sending Gods
Reviewed by Davina C. Lopez

Karl Olav Sandnes
The Gospel 'According to Homer and Virgil': Cento and Canon
Reviewed by Dennis R. MacDonald

Christa Schäfer-Lichtenberger, ed.
Die Samuelbücher und die Deuteronomisten
Reviewed by Graeme Auld

Sep 9, 2011

Sep 8, 2011

Reading Greek

Daniel Streett has an interesting post on what it means to read Greek.

Sep 7, 2011

Arnold on Seven Reasons for Consecutive Exposition

See Clinton Arnold's post listing and discussing seven reasons for doing consecutive expositions.

New Blog on Koine Greek

Daniel R. Streett is starting a blog focusing on Koine Greek. There is not much up yet, but it looks like it will be interesting.

Sep 6, 2011

Seminary and the Local Church

Everett Berry has a good post reflecting on the seminary and the local church.

Sep 5, 2011

Application in Preaching

"Application in preaching helps us answer two important questions based on the exposition of God's Word: (1) So what? and (2) Now what? In other words, how does the Bible speak to me today and what do I do about it?"

Daniel L. Akin, "Applying a Text-Driven Sermon," in Text-Driven Preaching, ed. Daniel L. Akin, David L. Allen, and Ned L. Mathews (Nashville: B & H, 2010), 275.

Sep 4, 2011

Parables in Mark

See Michael Jensen's post on the Markan parables.

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A New Order

“Why do we preach the new order of God? Not because we are continuing the preaching of Jesus Christ – although he called us to do so. We are preaching God’s new order because it is; it is the reality in which our world lives. Christ is risen! The resurrection is news of God’s new order. We say to an exhausted, end-of-an-age world, Come join the new order of God.”

David Buttrick, The Mystery and the Passion: A Homiletic Reading of the Gospel Traditions (Minneapolis: Fortress, 1992), 52.