Begg, Alistair. Preaching for God's Glory. Wheaton: Crossway, 2010. 63 Pages. Paper. $6.99. www.crossway.org (P)
One-Year Lectionary Bible Studies. St. Louis: Concordia, 2011. PowerPoint slides on CD-Rom. $124.99. http://www.cph.org/p-19500-one-year-lectionary-year-bible-studies-on-cd-rom.aspx (LHP)
Chapell, Bryan. Christ-Centered Preaching: Redeeming the Expository Sermon, Second Edition. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2005. 400 Pages. Cloth. $29.99. www.bakeracademic.com (P)
These three resources all address the proclamation of the world. Let's dig in.
Preaching for God's Glory is a meaningful booklet from Crossway.
While in Ohio, Rev. Begg worked with Keith and Kristyn Getty before they relocated to Nashville.
Begg takes America's preachers to task.
Preach Christ instead of yourselves.
Preach law and Gospel instead of only law.
It is nice to have somebody else say such things for a change.
Pick up this book of encouragement soon.
Resources for the One-Year Lectionary are, at the same time, abundant and limited. Historic resources are out there, but may be out-of-print. This is one of the few new ones based on the Historic One-Year Lectionary for Lutheran Service Book.
We are thankful to CPH for this effort to put out a resource for the LSB One-Year Lectionary.
Pricing may be steep for pastors and smaller congregations until they realize that they get to use this year after year after year...
Consider it an investment in your publishing house. Build good-will.
Prove to Concordia Publishing House that you WILL buy One-Year stuff when they publish it.
And CPH, I think digital files ARE the way to go.
Could we have a CD-ROM of LSB One-Year Lectionary printable bulletin covers in a format like this? Could they be available two versions, black and white or color? Am I on to something?
What would one get on the PowerPoint slides for Trinity 8?
Slides with questions about the readings of the day:
Jeremiah 23:16-29, Psalm 26, Acts 20:27-28, and Matthew 7:15-23
1. How do false prophets "strengthen the hands of evildoers" (vv. 16–17)?
2. Why is God's nearness and farness a warning to all false prophets (vv. 18–24)?
3. What did the false prophets substitute for God's Word (vv. 25–29)?
4. Agree or disagree: In verses 1–8, David is boasting too muchabout his upright life.
5. When we pray as David did and ask the Lord to deliver us from our enemies because we are His servants, what should always be part of our prayers? (Note verses 3, 6, 7, 8.)
6. What is the main thing David is praying for in this psalm (vv. 9 and 10)?
7. What is the "level ground" on which David is standing?
8. Paul's sermon to the elders at Ephesus is also a warm, encouraging message to Church leaders in the New Testament.
• Verses 27–28: What vital task had the elders been called to do?
• Verses 29–35: Of what did Paul warn the Corinthians?
9. What made the Ephesians so sad?
10. When warning against false teachers, Jesus tells us to recognize them by their fruit. Yet He gives us no instructions on what kind of bad fruit to watch out for. How, then, are we to evaluate such false teachers?
11. Jesus says (v. 21) that not everyone who claims to be one of His teachers shall enter the kingdom of heaven. What would disqualify a person?
Adopters of this product wouldn't have to use every slide Bible study every year. This resource may well give preachers questions to ponder (and answer) in sermons.
Worth it? Yes.
We previously reviewed the next author's book, Christ-Centered Worship, last February (http://lhpqbr.blogspot.com/2012/02/lhp-review-worshiping-christ-visible.html).
I wouldn't necessarily recommend this text as THE main textbook for our homiletics courses at the LCMS seminaries, but I would recommend it for consideration as a beneficial sourcebook of ideas for methods, structures, and resources for preaching Christ in expository sermons.
Readers (and seminary professors) may wish to encourage seminarians to read more of Luther's sermons. This is how he preached!
We are pleased to encourage that you purchase, read, and inwardly digest these resources for the sake of your preaching, your hearers, and Christ crucified and Risen for the forgiveness of sins.
The Rev. Paul J Cain is Pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Sheridan, Wyoming, Headmaster of Martin Luther Grammar School, Yellowstone Circuit Visitor (LCMS Wyoming District), a member of the Board of Directors of The Consortium for Classical and Lutheran Education, Wyoming District Worship Chairman, and Editor of QBR.