Intro to Preaching: Sermon #2 Info

February 7, 2011

For the second sermon I preached for my Intro to Preaching course, I chose 2 Samuel 6, 12-23.  Along with the sermon, we were required to turn in the following:

(1)  Select the Text: 2 Samuel 6, 12-23; I selected this text as I thought it would hold a good message for my home congregation.

(2)  Reconsider the limits of the pericope:  I consider this pericope to be a logical part of the whole.

(3)  Establish a reliable translation of the text: I will be using the NRSV as I found it to be clear and concise.

(4)  Read the Text Aloud: Just prior to this text David seems conflicted.  He is mad at God for killing Uzzah and he is no longer sure it is wise for him to have the ark of God under his care.  In this passage however, David is rejoicing at the possibility of bringing the ark to Jerusalem since God has apparently blessed Obed-Edom.  It seems David is taking care that things are done properly even down to the detail this time.  He isn’t quite as fixed on the end goal of just getting the ark to Jerusalem by the most efficient means available, but he is focused on the process.  Michal’s words of criticism seem Read the rest of this entry »


Intro to Preaching: Sermon #1 Manuscript

February 7, 2011

This is the first sermon I preached for my Intro to Preaching course.  The prep work is posted separately.  I don’t think my illustration was well placed and may not even be a good illustration to begin with.  But I have posted as I preached it.  It was intended to be a one-point, 5-7 minute sermon.


1When he returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home. 2So many gathered around that there was no longer room for them, not even in front of the door; and he was speaking the word to them. 3Then some people came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them. 4And when they could not bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him; and after having dug through it, they let down the mat on which the paralytic lay. 5When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, ‘Son, your sins are forgiven.’ 6Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts, 7‘Why does this fellow speak in this way? It is blasphemy! Who can forgive sins but God alone?’ 8At once Jesus perceived in his spirit that they were discussing these questions among themselves; and he said to them, ‘Why do you raise such questions in your hearts? 9Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, “Your sins are forgiven”, or to say, “Stand up and take your mat and walk”?10But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins’—he said to the paralytic— 11‘I say to you, stand up, take your mat and go to your home.’ 12And he stood up, and immediately took the mat and went out before all of them; so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, ‘We have never seen anything like this!’

—  Mark 2, 1-12

Recently I watched my friends’ five-year old son, Tyrone, while they went to dinner.  It was interesting to see him adamantly insist on “doing things himself.”  It was not the first time I experienced this and in fact I have vague memories of doing similar things as a child.  After all, learning how to do things is part of growing up.  What was interesting though, was that he still asked for help with things he either didn’t know how to do.  And then there were the times when I insisted I help him so he didn’t end up injuring himself in the midst of learning how to do something.

Growing up in the US usually means “being able to support yourself” or something along those lines and this is not all bad.  After all, we want our children to be confident enough in themselves to be able to live their lives to the fullest.  But what happens when this is emphasized so much that a son doesn’t dare ask his mother for financial help for fear of being ridiculed for not managing his money well?  Or how does this pan out when a brother doesn’t ask his sister for help moving their mother to a nursing home in her hold age? Read the rest of this entry »

Intro to Preaching: Sermon #1 Info

February 7, 2011

For the first sermon I preached for my Intro to Preaching course, I was assigned Mark 2, 1-12.  Along with the sermon, we were required to turn in the following:

(1)         Text: Mark 2, 1-12

(2)         Reconsider the limits of the pericope:  I consider this pericope to be a logical part of the whole.

(3)         Establish a reliable translation of the text as a basis for your study: I will be using the NRSV as I found it to be clear and concise.

(4)         Read the Text Aloud: There seems to be a sense of urgency on the part of the people who are there to see Jesus.  This is especially true for the people who carry the man who is paralyzed to the house where Jesus is speaking.  Mark does not tell the reader where these men have come from.  Did they carry the paralyzed man a long distance?  And not only have they carried the man here to Jesus, Read the rest of this entry »

Fall 2010: Intro to Preaching

February 7, 2011

Another class I took during the Fall 2010 semester (long term) was Introduction to Preaching (PR2100) with Dr. Sally Brown.  The class is required for M.Div. Middlers (aka 2nd year students) at Princeton Theological Seminary and I was glad to take it in the Fall since I am currently a Student Intern at a local church and have 3 preaching opportunities as a part of the internship.  The Course Objective as per the syllabus is

A theological and practical introduction to the practice of preaching, including critical reflection on issues in homiletics (theory and theology of preaching) and on sermons themselves. The sermon is understood in this course as a theo-rhetorical act of Gospel proclamation which is grounded in careful interpretation of a  particular biblical text, and which is designed to be heard in a given social context, place, and time. The course includes Read the rest of this entry »

The Academic Schedule at Princeton Theological Seminary

February 5, 2011

This is an FYI post.  Princeton Theological Seminary has a semester system for classes (i.e., Fall and Spring) but within the semester system, there are also terms.  For instance, in the Fall Semester there is a long term which runs from September through December and then there is a short term which is the month of January (as such it is also called the J-term).  Similarly, the Spring long term runs from February through April and then the Spring short term is the month of May.  In a long term, students typically take 3 or 4 classes though it is not unusual for people to take 5.  In the short term, most take 1 class which meets everyday for three weeks from 9am through 12pm.  There are some classes that are 1 or 2 credits and can be taken in conjunction.