Denny’s Blog 2016-10-29T15:10:43-05:00

Pericope to Purpose to Power

Preaching on 2 Timothy 3:16, Calvin notes the two crucial sides to proclaiming the Word. “Teaching on its own is not sufficient, for we are cold and indifferent to God’s truth. We need to be pierced. The preacher has to use vehemence, so that we [...]

By | February 24th, 2020|Denny's Blog|

Opening First John (1 John #1)

The consensus among commentators is that the Apostle John wrote what we call 1 John late in the first century, perhaps around 90 A.D. The Epistle carries the language and phraseology of the Gospel and thus appears to be written by John (Wescott, 1966, p. [...]

By | February 10th, 2020|Denny's Blog|

The Purpose of John’s Purpose (1 John #2)

While serving as a seminary Professor of Homiletics, I assigned sermons to students based upon texts from various books of the Bible. We always took class time to discuss the assigned book. In particular, we zeroed in on the purpose of the book. If the [...]

By | February 3rd, 2020|Denny's Blog|

Using “You” in Teaching and Preaching

Students, pastors, and teachers are reluctant to use the second person. As a result, the first person use of we dominates. There is also frequent use of the third person he and they. But this is not the biblical pattern. “It is not arrogant for [...]

By | January 27th, 2020|Denny's Blog|

The Power of Parables

"The biblical parable is a very specific literary form. As it was developed in the biblical tradition, a parable was a device used by preachers to epitomize a sermon. A whole sermon could be packed up into a parable and put away in the memory [...]

By | January 13th, 2020|Denny's Blog|

God’s Gift in the Ten Commandments

We were stopped at a traffic light while driving through Colorado Springs, Colorado. The bumper sticker on the back of the car in front of us asked a simple question. “What would happen if everyone told the truth?” With a laugh, I repeated the question, [...]

By | December 30th, 2019|Denny's Blog|

Doxology (Jude 24-25)

Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all [...]

By | December 23rd, 2019|Denny's Blog|

Snatched Out of the Fire (Jude 22-23)

Jude continues his positive approach toward his readers. After urging them to keep themselves in the love of God and to look with anticipation for the revealed mercy of Christ (Jude 20-21), he encourages his readers to extend mercy to others. “And have mercy on [...]

By | December 16th, 2019|Denny's Blog|

Keep Yourselves in the Love of God (Jude 20-21)

“But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting anxiously for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life” (Jude 20-21). After rehearsing the problems of unbelief within [...]

By | December 9th, 2019|Denny's Blog|

The Inter-Advent Life (Jude 17-19)

But you, beloved, ought to remember the words that were spoken beforehand by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ, that they were saying to you, “In the last time there will be mockers, following after their own ungodly lusts.” These are the ones who [...]

By | December 2nd, 2019|Denny's Blog|