Tuesday, February 08, 2005

New edition of "Preaching Now"

This week's edition of Preaching Now has been posted. There are a couple of useful items in addition to a number of illustrations (some more fresh than others).

The National Conference on Preaching, for example, will feature Will Willimon, H. Beecher Hicks, Ray Ortlund Jr., and others April 18-20, 2005, in Nashville.

The article excerpt on preaching weddings is worth reading.

There's also a thought-provoking meditation by Fleming Rutledge on Jesus' words about thirst in John's Gospel. Rutledge notes the contrast between Jesus' saying "I'm thirsty" on the cross (Jn. 19:28) and his earlier teaching that "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. He who believes in me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water" (Jn. 7:27, 38). The article notes the irony in these statements but doesn't go into the significance, in that contrast, of water as a symbol of the Holy Spirit in John 7.


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