Allow me to elaborate.
Missional. What does this mean?
"Missional" is the pseudo-theological-buzzword of our day. You may remember from English class that "-al" is a suffix that "nouns" verbs or to show an "of" or "like" connection when turning a noun into an adjective. "Missional" means "related to mission."
Author Al Tizon's MissionalPreaching generally succeeds in adding some substantive theological meaningto a trendy buzzword.
What Tizon shares in the parts of the book he contributes (the chapters) defines characteristics of good preaching (enumerated below.)
While I may theologically disagree with the content of [at least] half of the example sermons included, I can see how a Confessional Lutheranpreacher could benefit from this book.
Good preachers always proclaim the wholecounsel of God and always properly distinguish between God's Law and God'sGospel.
Tizon points out that "Biblical preaching is missional preaching" as hedefines the title term:
Readers will be challenged to re-evaluate how they communicate the wholeness ofpure Bible doctrine for the sake of their hearers, for the sake of the MissioDei, and for Jesus' sake.
There are honest and significant differences between Missouri Synod Lutherans and American Baptists in addition to those that separate denominations that don't ordain women and those that do. Expect to hear of those differences, especially in the provided sermons, including some by women. Tizon provides essentials and goals of missional preaching that I can use.
Missional Preaching is an interesting and challenging book that will give you at least one thing to improve upon in your preaching as you engage both God's Word and the Lord's People.
Rev. Paul J Cain is Pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Sheridan, Wyoming, Headmaster of Martin Luther Grammar School, a member of the Board of Directors of The Consortium for Classical and Lutheran Education, Wyoming District Worship Chairman, and Editor of QBR.