Craft of Preaching 2020

The Hard Texts with Michael Chan: Spiritual Practices and Hermeneutical Approaches for Preaching the Bible’s Most Challenging Passages

October 26th, 2020  •  55 mins 55 secs  •  Download (51.2 MB)  •  Link with Timestamp

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Preachers everywhere have had this experience: We encounter texts that make us uncomfortable, and instead of preaching on them, we set them aside in favor of less unruly options. As American churches become more ideologically and educationally sorted, the temptation to avoid and dismiss uncomfortable texts will become greater. But sweeping untidy texts under the proverbial rug creates more problems than it solves. As preachers, we may think we are doing our congregations a favor when we hide theological problems from them. We are not. At the heart of the Protestant Reformation is an epic struggle with some of the Bible’s most challenging texts. Engagement with hard texts is part of our theological inheritance. This workshop will encourage preachers to tackle unloved texts in ways that publicly confront harmful interpretations and create stronger readers who are able to wrestle with discomfort.