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The banner for HomileticalSensings is a picture of Phillips Brooks (December 13, 1835 – January 23, 1893) a noted clergyman and author, who briefly served as Bishop of Massachusetts in the Episcopal Church during the early 1890s. Persuasion through the character of the speaker corresponds with one of the most recognizable definitions of preaching in the modern era. In 1877 at the Lyman Beecher Lectures, he stated preaching is “the communication of truth through man to men,” or as it is often quoted, “preaching is truth communicated through personality.”

HomeleticalSensings are my perspectives on preaching mediated through my lived experiences. May these ramblings serve you, enrich the church, and glorify God.

I see preaching as a witness for God that transforms communities into the image of Christ. Five categories that explicate how I see theology are Fellowship: A Communal Practice (Trinitarian both in creation and eschaton); Reason: A Critical Practice; Sanctification: A Transformative Practice (Participatory in the life of God and the Spirit); Contextual: An Embodied Practice (Incarnational throughout both God’s actions and revelation); Ministry & Witness: A Public Practice (Influencing the marketplace. Recognizing that theology affects practice and practice affects theology subsequently having public consequences. A priestly ministry that encourages and cares for people as you mediate the presence of God to others. A prophetic ministry that proleptically imagines the past glory of God and God’s people into the future by changing the present.)

—Tim Sensing, Associate Dean, Professor of Homiletics, Graduate School of Theology (GST), Abilene Christian University

Phillips Brooks

Phillips Brooks