How do we think about preaching?

Hey all, I’ve had some random thoughts lately about preaching and would like to hear from you. How do we delineate preaching, say, in comparison from teaching or lecturing? Has anyone read anything on preaching that has been really good? I’m not talking about any “how to” manuals here, but a real theology of churchly proclamation. What is the controlling mechanism for churchly proclamation? Is it simply its object, its being carried up by its object, the manner of its proclamation, etc.?

The Conundrum of Choosing a Theology Textbook

booksAnyone who has taught an undergraduate or graduate introductory theology course knows the nerve-wracking anxiety that surrounds picking the right text(s). Do I use a standard systematic theology or an anthology? Would articles and excerpts be more helpful? How do I determine the reading levels of my students? How will the use of my text relate to students’ other classwork? Which book will be accessible yet challenging, organized well but not pedantic, innovative but historically grounded? And on, and on, and on…

Stephen Holmes (University of St. Andrews) wrote an exceedingly helpful post not long ago on choosing a textbook for introductory theology courses. If choosing a textbook is your conundrum, read Holmes’ post here.