Preaching Genesis: Nasty, irrelevant, myths! (?)
A Zoom Session on preaching Genesis for Readers Saturday 3rd October 9.30 -11.45am with Elizabeth Harper
When did you last preach on Genesis?
What percentage of your Sermons are on the Old Testament?
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Genesis appears frequently in the three year Revised Common Lectionary. So there is plenty of opportunity to preach on it. Are you making the most of this? Can it speak to our twenty-first century, crisis ridden world? Is the book, along with the rest of the Old Testament all nasty, irrelevant myths? Many church goers think so. Can you help your congregation see its relevence?
The first book of the Bible is the genesis of our faith, the ground on which Christian theology develops. without the beginning much of what follows does not make sense or is easily distorted. This session will note the major themes of Genesis and explore how narrative preaching can bring those alive today.
We are moving the Annual Readers’ Day online for 2020 so that we can still at least see each other, be together and reflect on something useful to our ministries. It is the genesis of our faith, the ground on which Christian theology develops.
Do bring your Bible.
This Genesis Breakouts will be used in breakout groups. If you are able to print it or view it on another screen (such as i-pad or phone) that will be helpful.
The following resources are provided to go with the Session. They do not need to be read or printed except for interest:
- Telling the Old Old Story Handbook. This handbook comes from a previous training day and explores preaching biblical narratives. You may find it helpful for preaching on Genesis. (Click the link to download or see resources at the bottom of the page)
Inspiring Online Sermons on Genesis
- Genesis 1 Creation Philip Martin Trinity 2020
- Genesis 15 The Sacramental Sky Barbara Brown Taylor starts at 30 mins at Duke University Chapel 28 Feb 2010 or click here for the Sacramental Sky Text.
- Genesis 18:1-15, 21:1-7 Sam Wells June 2020 Entertaining Angels and the birth of Isaac Is Anything too wonderful for the Lord.
- Gen 22:1-14 Sacrifice of Isaac Ryan Ahlgrim 4th Sunday after Pentecost 2020
- Gen 29:15-28 Jacob marries Rachel Sam Wells What is the bible for?
- Genesis 31:22-32 Jacob Wrestles
- Various Genesis passages:
- Barbara Brown Taylor Entering the Dark Cloud of God from Festival of Homiletics 2014 includes various Genesis passages
Preaching Genesis Sign Up
Please sign up so that we can prepare the Zoom meeting appropriately. If you will be sharing your screen with a partner or friend OR that partner and friend will be viewing on their own computer in the same room, please let us know as it affects breakout rooms.