Haman-Pfahler Professor of Christian Communications; Professor of Homiletics and Christian Communications

Ministry Division

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Preachers must always try to feel what it is like to live inside the skins of the people they preach to, to hear the truth as they hear it. That is not as hard as it sounds because, of course, they are themselves hearers of truth as well as tellers of truth, and listen out of the same emptiness as the people do for a truth to fill them and make them true.

--Frederick Buechner, Telling the Truth: The Gospel as Tragedy, Comedy, and Fairy Tale

RESUME

B.Mus., Stetson University, 1979; M.Div., Trinity Lutheran Seminary, 1986; Th.D., Victoria University in the University of Toronto, 2008; Pastorates: Marysville, OH, 1986-96; North York, Ont., 1998-99; Assistant Professor of Homiletics and Christian Communications, Trinity, 2000-2008; Worship Life Coordinator, 2004-12. Associate Professor of Homiletics and Christian Communications, Trinity 2008-12; Haman Pfahler Professor of Christain Communications, 2008-; Professor of Homiletics and Christian Communications, 2012-.

Areas of Expertise

  • Preaching
    • Reading the Bible for Preaching
    • Managing Sermon Time
    • Language and Context
    • The Preaching Life
    • Care and Nurture of Sermon Hearers
  • Literal and Metaphorical Senses of Scripture
  • Lectionary: Its History and Value for Preaching
  • Nine Quirks of Lutheranism: A Fun Look at Lutheran Distinctiveness
  • Anthropology, Tragedy, and Redemption in the Writing of Stephen King
  • Doubt, Hope, and the Everyday in the Writing of Frederick Buechner

SELECT PUBLICATIONS

  • “Introductions” for New Interpreter's Bible Handbook of Preaching. Nashville: Abingdon, 2008.
  • “The Literal Sense” for New Interpreter's Bible Handbook of Preaching. Nashville: Abingdon, 2008.
  • Co-author: New Proclamation, Series A; Easter—Reign of Christ, 2008, Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2008.
  • Dissertation: “Giving Scripture Its Voice: The Tensive Impertinence of the Literal Sense of the Pericope, Metaphorical Meaning-Making, and Preaching the Word of God.” Emmanuel College, Toronto School of Theology, University of Toronto, 2008.
  • “Who’ll Be the One in the Ditch This Time? Helping Students Think through Analogies” Papers of the Academy of Homiletics, December, 2004.
  • “A Homiletics of Surprise” Papers of the Academy of Homiletics, December, 2003.
  • Sermon: “Ashes on Our Soles” in Preaching Great Texts. March 2003.
  • Sermon: “The Voice of God” in Preaching Great Texts. March 2003.
  • Word & Witness: A Complete Resource for Celebrating & Proclaiming the Gospel. Edited by Paul Scott Wilson. Volume 98:4 (Year C) “Eighth Sunday after Pentecost.” July 26, 1998.
  • Word & Witness: A Complete Resource for Celebrating & Proclaiming the Gospel. Edited by Paul Scott Wilson. Volume 97:3 (Year B) “The Feast of Pentecost.” May 18, 1997.

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