A Sampling of Apocalyptic Lections and Texts with Apocalyptic
Motifs in the
The topic of preaching with apocalyptic texts has fascinated me ever since my stint as a parish pastor at First United Methodist Church in Pierre, SD in the late 1980s. Like most preachers, I was frustrated with these troublesome texts. Some apocalyptic texts were violent, others were outlandish, nearly all of them seemed difficult to preach. Being for the most part a lectionary preacher, however, I really wanted to wrestle with them. After a while, I came to the conclusion that my own hermeneutic was part of the problem. After all, Biblical scholars and church leaders throughout the world (see below) viewed these texts not solely as troublesome, but liberating. On the basis of this way of looking at apocalyptic texts, I tried to reread them. It began with a series of articles in Biblical Preaching Journal in the early 1990s and culminated in my book, Preaching in the New Creation: The Promise of New Testament Apocalyptic Texts (Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 1999). The book, the lectionary preaching helps below, and the preaching apocalyptic texts archive are provided to stimulate your interest in these texts. If they succeed, they may aid you in "preaching in the new creation."
For further reading in liberation hermeneutics of apocalyptic texts, see:
| Preaching Apocalyptic Texts | Biblio-file
| Syllabi | Liberating Word
| Links | M.Th. in Homiletics
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