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Friday, March 31st, 2006
3:01 am - Wowzers

Always preach Christ crucified.

When preaching I find it always important to preach Law and Gospel. At my church in the bulletin it says proclamation of Law and Gospel instead of sermon. Now I don't know if this term is specifically Lutheran or not or whether or not you know what it means so I'll give you guys a quick run down of it. The idea behind it is that the Bible can be separated between two types of scripture, Law and Gospel. Verses that are law show us our sin. Verses of Gospel show us our salvation and forgiveness. The Law in showing us our sins will bring us to the Gospel. The law makes us conscious of our sin and the futility of being saved by works as is pointed out in Romans 3:20. The Gospel shows us we are saved by grace, through faith, it brings us hope and strength. So when preaching proclaim Law and Gospel. What good is either one without the other. Law alone will only condemn us and can not save us. Gospel alone makes Jesus’ death in vain for what good is it if we are not condemned or sinful. This doesn't really explain the practice of Law and Gospel fully for there is more too it but I find this to be a nice outline/basics to it. I know you guys probably know some of this already but hey I figured I might as well post it.

Romans 3:20
Therefore no one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin.
Romans 3:28
For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from observing the la

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Monday, March 21st, 2005
9:44 am - 24 hours

alot can change - yet stay boringly the same.

"Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head, and he fell to the ground and worshiped. He said, 'Naked I came from my mother's womb, And naked I shall return there. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away. Blessed be the name of the LORD.'"

I love the book of Job. One of my favorite quotes comes from Job - "Though He might slay me, still I will praise Him"

This quote - most often related in our culture to death - is another favorite of mine though.
Nothing in life is a constant, except God. You never know what waits for you around the corner - but the point is to remain faithful and true. The point people, is to love God anyways.

Nowhere in Scripture does God promise us *anything* in this lifetime - healing and wealth are all given in the next - but in this one, he only says we will face rials - and that we have to take up our cross and follow him.

Its not an easy life. But I beleive its worth it. Because He really, really does love us. He guides us and makes us strong in Him. He gives us more than we could ever hope to dream for. Even in this life - its just that it doesnt always come how we think it should. Not a bad thing, just a thing.

The Lord gives and He takes away - not a bad thing - just a thing.

Yeah, Im a pessimist. Im more than a little fatalistic - but I think that view is made room for in scripture too.

Dont worry - He gives and takes away. He got it in control.

current mood: calm

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Sunday, March 20th, 2005
7:23 am - Im cheating this morning.

because Im preaching, you all are going to get what I wrote for my sermon - like it or not.

really bloody longCollapse )
so there you have it - was anybody brave enough to read? comments?

current mood: contemplative

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Tuesday, May 11th, 2004
12:21 am

The other day (Sunday) in Church I directed and recreated a live presentation of the music video "I Pledge Allegiance To The Lamb" by Ray Boltz. It was cool. You should have seen it. That is Homiletics/preaching through singing, playing and instrument, and acting all rolled into one...

It was cool. I like that song and the whole idea behind the music video... that's one of the reasons why I wanted to recreate, direct and present it. And it turned out quite well. I think I will do more of this type of thing in the future.

"To God be the Glory, Great things He hath done!"

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Monday, April 26th, 2004
4:35 am

Somebody say something

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Wednesday, March 10th, 2004
2:03 am

Since "Homiletics" is the "art of preaching", what artistic ways of preaching are there?

There is the obvious art of using words in an essay or in persuasive writing: 3 point sermons, etc...

But besides that, there is preaching through music, drama, drime (musical theatre), dance, painting, sculpture, etc.

Any others??

Any ideas on what makes a good artistic sermon in any of these styles?

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Saturday, February 21st, 2004
11:55 am - Desperate Prayer Request.

((x-posted everywhere)) My In Laws are going through hell. Once upon a time, they were very wealthy. Like, astonishingly so. But through a series of bad business choices, they are now finding themselves living hand to mouth, and about to lose everything they have left, thier home, thier vehicles - everything. They are scared, and do not know why this is happening, or where God is leading them. Please, if you can take a moment, please pray for Clayton and Anne?

Thank You

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Thursday, January 15th, 2004
2:15 am

What would YOUR homiletical approach be to the topic of "committment" ?

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Sunday, December 7th, 2003
11:18 pm - Potential...

I can't wait to see this community take off! It looks like it has an amazing potential to be a valuable tool for many. I went to a service this morning at an independent non-denominational church and was amazed by the way the pastor there connected with the congregation. He gave his sermon as a dramatic presentation, speaking as Joseph when he first began building a house for he and Mary through until the birth of Jesus. It really made me think about the relationship between Mary and Joseph as a couple and their relationship with God together. It was a very effective sermon, or at least, I thought it was.

current mood: enthralled

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Friday, December 5th, 2003
4:17 pm - Let's get things started...

How do you like to prepare YOUR sermons?

Three point with sub points, written out as an essay, all scripture and exegesis, or other?

Tell me how you prepare your sermons!

current mood: curious

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3:55 pm - You may be asking ...

What is "Homiletics"?

"homiletics \Hom`i*let"ics\, n. [Cf. F. homil['e]tique.] The art of preaching; that branch of theology which treats of homilies or sermons, and the best method of preparing and delivering them.

Source: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, © 1996, 1998 MICRA, Inc.
- http://www.dictionary.com

current mood: happy

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2:23 pm - Welcome One and All.

Welcome to homiletics101.

My name is Mark, and I will be the maintainer and moderator of this community. Please visit my LJ any time you feel like, just click my username -- sliphornsolo.

Please understand that I want this community to be OUR community. ("Our" pertaining to all who wish to seek and learn about Homiletics and preaching the Good News of Jesus Christ our God and of the Bible.)

In this community, we will seek to do the following:

1. Put our Master and Rescuer, Jesus Christ first.
2. Share our preaching skills and experiences.
3. Learn from one another, welcome everyone and encourage new and young preachers.
4. Teach one another while maintaining honour, integrity, and respect.
5. Use sound doctrine in accordance with the Gospel of Jesus Christ; Avoid foolish controversies. Every point must be backed with the Bible.

I hope you enjoy it and please refrain from leaving annonymous comments. If you leave an annonymous comment, then please tell us plainly who you are.

Also, please refrain from using email forwards as we have all seen them before. If you have to use a forward, I would appriciate that you email and ask me prior to posting.

Thanks; have fun!


current mood: happy

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