Postils for Preaching, John Rollefson
John Rollefson

Postils for Preaching

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Postils for Preaching repristinates an old term for commentaries on the appointed texts by assisting preachers in their time-honored calling of preaching the Word. “Post illa,” some think, probably refers to the reflecting “after this” (meaning upon the texts) that preachers must do in the context of the lives of their congregations and larger communities. These essays do not aim to be sermons but sermon-starters, goads and incitements to consider the assigned texts with serious imagination and good humor, all in the context of the church year and its inter-textual connections. The intention of this publication is to dip into a lifetime of that exegetical and homiletical “bag of tricks” as Jesus himself obliquely recommended when he noted how “every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like the master of a household who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old” (Matt 13:52). Please consider these postils a “thesaurus” («treasury”) from which to borrow insights, references, and allusions as needed and found of value.
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257 printed pages
Original publication
2017

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