Preaching is Love

From John Frye, our weekly From the Shepherd’s Nook column. Jesus Creed Preaching If I may pull an image from the Bible and use it, I think many pastors try to preach in Saul’s armor. Saul believed that young David needed some kingly protection and David wisely refused it. David had unknown skills, shaped in [Read More...]

The Map of the Soul

This is John Frye’s weekly column, From the Shepherd’s Nook. Preaching: The Map of the Soul  In Working the Angles: The Shape of Pastoral Integrity, Eugene H. Peterson tells Herman Melville’s story of Dr. Cuticle. On a large sailing ship at sea, Dr. Cuticle is the ship’s only surgeon. Disappointed that the most medical attention [Read More...]

Why Preach?

From the Shepherd’s Nook, a weekly column from pastor John Frye One rumor in pastoral land is that preaching does not foster Christian formation. Since Christian formation is vital, then as the rumor has it, the preacher is not. If by the rumor it means that preaching in itself does not produce full-blown Christian formation, [Read More...]

From the Shepherd’s Nook: John Frye

Pastors Preach, by John Frye My own vision of pastoral ministry in the North American context has been profoundly influenced by the person and writings of Eugene H. Peterson. Consider me a Petersonian in my view of the pastor and his or her place in the local church (see, e.g., Jesus Creed archives). I’ve heard [Read More...]

From the Shepherd’s Nook: Preaching as Encounter

By John Frye. We should not be surprised how the soterian gospel has reshaped USAmerican evangelical preaching in view of that gospel’s long run. Thousands of individuals, saved on the skimpiest of information shaped to elicit a punctiliar decision, filled the church as uninformed converts. The robust kingdom of God gospel announcement (kerygma) has been [Read More...]

From the Shepherd’s Nook (John Frye)

Word Craft, by John Frye Years ago I might have titled this post “Personal Precise Pastoral Ponderings on Preaching,” thinking, “That’s cool and catchy.” Those days are long gone. Scot McKnight suggested that I create some posts on the preparation for and ministry of preaching. I responded, “Scot, I have mixed feelings about the topic.” [Read More...]

On Preparing Sermons: Stott’s Wisdom

From Josh Harris, from John Stott (reduced for this site): Steps for Preparing a Sermon 1. Choose your text and meditate on it. – Read the text, re-read it, re-read it and read it again. 2. Ask questions of the text. – What does it mean? Or better yet, what did it mean when first [Read More...]

Sermons and their Source

I once read a piece in the New York Times about pastors swiping sermons from sermon sources. I’m wondering what you think. Here are my thoughts. I once was in a situation with a pastor admitted to using sermons from sermon sources, and he also said he hadn’t thought there was anything wrong with it. What most [Read More...]

Living the Parables of Jesus Today

On this blog I’ve maintained a number of times that the parables of Jesus invite us to imagine another world, to imagine the kingdom of God, and they do this by creating a world, by inviting us into that world, and then — like an experience in Narnia — depositing us back in this world [Read More...]

From the Shepherd’s Nook – A Pastor’s Take on the New Les Miserables

From John Frye Anyone who knows the storyline of Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables (Les Mis) knows that any cinematic rendition will push strongly against the most common USAmerican movie theme: revenge. In conversation recently with friends, we all were troubled by how many movies are driven by the energy of “an eye for an eye, [Read More...]