Those of us who preach or teach preaching are always looking for the right words to convey biblical truth. How do we do it? How do we invite congregations to “Bibleland,” that ancient world where we go week after week, and then connect them with the good news, news that is supposed to inform the way we live our lives here and now?
We try to communicate the essence of the story, exegeting the text with care, looking at the language and its context, subtext, pretext. We make sure we have the syntax right, and spend time with our Hebrew and Greek. We check commentaries, and then we distill it all down and present it with sincerity and authority.