Preaching David and Saul from Multicultural Contexts
By Uriah Y. Kim
When preparing sermons on King David, preachers over the years have pored over every detail of David’s life and every trait of his character to expound lessons and examples for believers to learn and imitate. Lessons, examples, types, or symbols become even more apparent when King Saul is introduced as David’s foil. In this article I examine David and Saul in their “multi-people” environment so that we can appreciate some characteristics of their leadership that are useful in our multicultural context.
The Transformative Power of a Name Change
By Wanda Lundy
This revealing analysis of Jacob’s night alone at Peniel gives preachers added avenues as to how to use this familiar and dramatic story for prophetic preaching and interesting teaching.
Engaging the Apostle Paul: Reading for Ministry and Leadership
By Efrain Agosto
The author explores the question of who became leaders in the churches founded by Paul and what was the social status of those leaders with respect to the strict, hierarchical social structure of Greco-Roman society. Like Jesus, Paul selects leaders from among those whom he serves. He expects them, as he does of himself, to serve even to the point of risk and sacrifice.
Identity and Methodology in Biblical Studies
By Baruch Levine
Scholars have achieved a common discourse that enables them to study the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament together, despite confessional differences. This article explores how this is possible and what benefits may evolve.
Built on the Word: The Bible and Christian Formation
By Joseph Crockett
Bible engagement is an intentional, goal-directed activity. As language shapes an individual’s thought categories and empowers him or her to transcend those categories, engagement with biblical narratives involves social processes that can build and transform character. Individuals and communities have the capacity to be informed by the Word and the narratives of Judeo-Christian faith traditions—to become like Christ.
Engaging the Bible via a Lectionary
By Robert Owens
This article offers insights as to how having a lectionary from which to choose Sunday bible readings is a practice that can expand a church’s knowledge of Holy Scripture. It provides a framework that forces the preacher sometimes to go outside his or her comfort zone and grapple with difficult texts to help clarify their original intent and make them relevant to contemporary society.
by the Editors
Epiphany through the Fifth Sunday in Lent; January through March, 2012
Greetings From the Editor
By Jin Han
The feature articles are based on the presentations delivered in the Annual New York Theological Seminary Conference held on Oct. 17, 2011. The banner theme of the conference was Bible Engagement. Presenters challenged the churches to engage the Bible in their mission, and their contribution has been revised to speak to the immediate needs of our readers and audience. These articles will point us in the direction of empowerment that comes from the word of the Lord in the Bible.
Jubilee Shout or Indistinct Sound?
By Donald W. Shriver Jr.
When our survivors read our disposition of our assets, will they recognize that we “have been with Jesus” (Acts 14:13)? Will they see that this Christian, in life and in death,underwent “pocket book conversion” in favor of the world’s poor?