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Why Metaphor? –Preaching Tip for 17 November 2019

Why are metaphors so important? They undergird every way you see the world. You may not recognize your metaphors, but all of us live by metaphors that inform what we think and feel. If you want to change your life, you need to first change your metaphors.   To access...

Water as Metaphor –Preaching Tip for 10 November 2019

Water is one of the key metaphors of scripture and signals “crossings over” or transitions from one place to another (not just physically but spiritually). Whenever you see water, pay attention. Something important is happening in the story. To access this post, you...

Signs –Preaching Tip for 2 November 2019

The scriptures are filled with signs. Many of them have underlying metaphors that will help you to illuminate them. Try making art of biblical signs and display them. Or use art or stained glass that you already have and point out the signs and how they point to...

All Hallows Eve –Preaching Tip for 27 October 2019

Tell the old stories of All Hallows Eve to re-sanctify this holiday, which originally had a unique Christian flavor. Help people understand the power of repentance and prayer in order to prepare for All Saints Day. All Hallows Eve can be a powerful reminder of why we...

Finding Metaphors –Preaching Tip for 20 October 2019

Try an exercise. Copy a piece of scripture or a scripture story onto a sheet. Then invite people to circle all of the metaphors they can find. Sometimes, the problem isn’t knowing how to exegete metaphors but identifying metaphors. Step one will at least help people...