**spoiler alert** I read this book as somebody who occasionally leads worship in a free evangelical church, but has had no theological training.
This c...more**spoiler alert** I read this book as somebody who occasionally leads worship in a free evangelical church, but has had no theological training.
This collection of essays is excellent, if a little repetitive across the early chapters—I scampered through the book and have earmarked it for re-reading really soon. Next time around I'll be more diligent in following up the bible references.
I was able to get something from all of the essays. However, there were three that I found most interesting. Michael LeFebvre's 'The Hymns of Christ: The Old Testament Formation of the New Testament Hymnal' gives insight into a pattern of "promise...disaster...renewed promise and expectation" as an underlying logic for the ordering of the psalms found in the bible.
The second point of interest that has stayed with me is that of psalms 113-118 as presented in Malcolm H. Watts' 'The Case for Psalmody, with Some Reference to the Psalter's Sufficiency for Christian Worship'. Known as the Hallel Psalms, they're said to have been sung by Jesus at the Lord's Supper, before he left for the Mount of Olives. They move from 'condescending love upon poor sinners...and...mighty deliverance' through to 'faith...salvation...gospel and mercy to the Gentiles...and...opening of the gates of the everlasting kingdom to all who believe in His name.'.
In 'Psalm Singing and Redemptive-Historical Hermeneutics: Geerhardus Vos's "Eschatology of the Psalter" Revisited', Anthony T. Selvaggio also leads to a consideration of Jesus' actions at the Last Supper. He highlights the contrast of how 'new sacraments were required for this new age...[whereas] the Psalter required no revision or replacement', arguing that use of the Psalter in contemporary worship is valid and surely necessary.
Of final note, and immediately practical, is Murray's 'Christian Cursing', giving 'ten helps' as to how to approach the imprecatory psalms—the ones where you get all uncomfortable because of the 'hate' language involved.
Footnotes are used rather than endnotes, and for a book of this size I like that.
I'm left with an increased hunger to incorporate psalms into sung worship. I'm also going to check out Geerhardus Vos' work.(less)
I came at this book as someone who: - has a teaching background in further/higher education; - has never preach...moreYes, hmm, ok, but really I wanted more.
I came at this book as someone who: - has a teaching background in further/higher education; - has never preached but might do occasionally within the next year or so.
The author's step by step approach to preaching without notes is clearly structured and expansion is given for each stage, but it's all a bit dry and the continual repetition as to freestyle preaching's advantage quickly begins to grate. The final chapter is given over to an extract from Charles Spurgeon's "Ratschläge für Prediger" (Lecture's to my Students) in which he too addresses the theme of freestyle preaching.
Read it again? Maybe, but my strategy would be to spend a bit of time reflecting on the Zusammenfassung on p121 before skimming the book for scraps of detail. More importantly, I'd read (the whole of) Spurgeon's book first.(less)
I bought this collection of radio plays to combine a growing interest in the art of playwriting and an ongoing goal of extending my range of German vo...moreI bought this collection of radio plays to combine a growing interest in the art of playwriting and an ongoing goal of extending my range of German vocabulary.
I have no idea as to the likely content of the Eich's Hörspiele, but am attracted by the idea of a writer having to rely on words without recourse to visual media.(less)