Greetings From the Editor
June 15, 2017 – 7:20 am | No Comment

by Jin H. Han

The most important detail about a robed man nailing the Ninety-Five Theses on a church door is that the Reformation was not about starting a new church but about reclaiming what God had in mind for the world. Luther’s notion of liberty is grippingly captured in his treatise on Christian liberty (1520), in which a Christian is declared to be “subject to none.” It reiterates a call of the gospel for all believers so that we may all work together to battle injustice in our society in the name of the reign of God.

Subject to none but God, we are here only to serve God, and clearly the theme, liberty, binds us together.

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Rethinking Breathing
December 1, 2016 – 12:09 am | Comments Off on Rethinking Breathing
Rethinking Breathing

by Rebeca Radillo

The theme of this article is “Breathing.” Its purpose is to expand our thinking to allow us to better understand the complexity of the human life by seeking in the biopsychosocial/spiritual/religious model new perspectives related to the intricacy of human life. Its goal is to expand our vision to the point that we realize that nothing in our daily life, even when it is as simplistic and routine as “breathing,” can be taken for granted.

The Paradox of Breathing
December 1, 2016 – 12:08 am | Comments Off on The Paradox of Breathing
The Paradox of Breathing

by William J. Sappenfield

Breathing readily illustrates the nature of paradox in our relationship with God. Breathing is the climax of God’s creation of humans in Genesis 2 and it is Jesus’ means of commissioning his disciples in John 20. But God slipped a paradox into creation to give us a reminder of how our relationship with God is maintained.

I Can’t Breathe!
December 1, 2016 – 12:07 am | Comments Off on I Can’t Breathe!
I Can’t Breathe!

by Harold Dean Trulear

In a real sense, if we answer the question “How do we preach to them,” we run the risk of developing a formulaic response itself devoid of the Divine Breath. The answer lies not in a formula, but in an encounter with that Breath itself. Our encounter with that Breath as preachers gives freer passageway for the Breath to enter the places in congregants’ souls deprived of spiritual oxygen.

Book Review: Paul and the Gift by John M.G. Barclay
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Book Review: Paul and the Gift by John M.G. Barclay

Reviewed by Efrain Agosto

This involved study of Paul and “grace-as-gift” invites the reader to approach the topic carefully and over a rich, rewarding period of study, reflection and analysis. Barclay leaves no stone unturned. The working preacher, in particular, might find this study one she or he will return to often, whether to review key theologians in church history and biblical studies and their take on Pauline theology, or to explore, again and again, the careful exegesis of passages in Galatians and Romans, Paul and the Gift will be the “gift that keeps on giving.”

Book Review: Come and See: Presbyterian Congregations Celebrating Weekly Communion by Ronald P. Byars
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Book Review: Come and See: Presbyterian Congregations Celebrating Weekly Communion by Ronald P. Byars

by Neal D. Presa

Ronald Byars gives us in this present volume a treasure and an invitation. It’s a treasure because as a pastor-professor-theologian, Byars is adept at describing the theology and history of the Lord’s Table, specifically, and sacramental theology, more generally. Even as he belongs to the Presbyterian tribe, he and his writing are ecumenical through and through. He presents actual case studies of pastoral leaders and their congregational communities in living into and living out frequent Eucharistic celebration.

Book Review: Preaching the Presence of God: A Homiletic from an Asian American Perspective by Eunjoo Mary Kim
December 1, 2016 – 12:04 am | Comments Off on Book Review: Preaching the Presence of God: A Homiletic from an Asian American Perspective by Eunjoo Mary Kim
Book Review: Preaching the Presence of God: A Homiletic from an Asian American Perspective by Eunjoo Mary Kim

by Neal D. Presa

The pioneering publication of “Preaching the Presence of God” by Korean American homiletics scholar and Iliff School of Theology professor, Eunjoo Mary Kim began a necessary conversation and important consideration of Asian/Asian American preaching, churches, scholarship, and pastoral leadership on the American Christian ecclesial landscape. Churches and the academy are playing catch-up with Asian/Asian American immigration trending as the fastest growing demographic community in the United States. It highlights to the majority culture the distinctive character of a segment of Asian/Asian American cultures and traditions, and the contribution that Asian/Asian American ethos and pathos bring to the table and to the pulpit.

Three Book Reviews about Preaching and Teaching on Climate Change
December 1, 2016 – 12:03 am | Comments Off on Three Book Reviews about Preaching and Teaching on Climate Change
Three Book Reviews about Preaching and Teaching on Climate Change

by Keith Russell

One of the challenges facing the church today is the topic of climate change. There has been a variety of new works published on the issue that relate to teaching and preaching. I want to offer three recent works which can be of help to those of those who are called to teach and preach.

Quotations from Scripture and Other Writings Related to Breathing
December 1, 2016 – 12:02 am | Comments Off on Quotations from Scripture and Other Writings Related to Breathing
Quotations from Scripture and Other Writings Related to Breathing

selected by Darla Turlington

Here are quotations from the Bible and from secular writings that pastors and others may find useful in sermons, essays, or other venues.

Greetings From the Editor
December 1, 2016 – 12:01 am | Comments Off on Greetings From the Editor
Greetings From the Editor

by Jin Hee Han

For the winter issue of 2016, we present a collection of articles and book reviews focused upon the theme of “BREATHING.” This year we were presented with a series of challenges, but the Lord provided for us exactly what we needed to continue this important ministry. Help from the Lord came through like the precious supply of breath in ways that we could recognize right away as God’s gracious intervention.

Our authors highlight God’s mysterious and wondrous work we encounter in the Bible, the life of the church, and the world in modern days. As the Johannine Jesus points out, “The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes” (John 3:8). Commentators immediately add that the Greek word for the “wind” is pneuma, and that it also means “spirit” (as in the Holy Spirit). The Spirit of the living God takes us where we may not have anticipated, but the upshot of the journey is always the manifestation of God’s goodness.

Where is God’s Dwelling Place?
August 2, 2016 – 12:11 pm | Comments Off on Where is God’s Dwelling Place?
Where is God’s Dwelling Place?

by Moses Biney

This is not a simple question. It is profound as it is perennial. Theologically, it points to the nature of God—God’s transcendence, immanence and omnipresence. It raises questions such as, “Is God present in all places at all times?” “How do we know this?”

God’s Heart: A Dwelling Place for Strangers
August 2, 2016 – 12:10 pm | Comments Off on God’s Heart: A Dwelling Place for Strangers
God’s Heart: A Dwelling Place for Strangers

by Reginald Brantley

If we believe that God’s heart is a dwelling place for justice and grace big enough for us who were once estranged from God, then surely we know our expression of God must include making our hearts dwelling places of justice and grace for those whom we would call strangers.

Exposé
August 2, 2016 – 12:09 pm | Comments Off on Exposé
Exposé

by the Editorial Team of The Living Pulpit

The story of cosmic and Earth evolution drawing on the latest scientific knowledge, in a way that makes it both relevant and moving. What emerges is an intensely poetic story, which evokes emotions of awe and excitement, fear and joy, belonging and responsibility.