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Articles by Glenn Nielsen

Glenn Nielsen is Professor of Practical Theology and the Director of Vicarage and Deaconess Internships at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. His interests are homiletics, communication theory and practice, creativity in preaching and fantasy baseball.

Preaching: Taking the Scriptures Seriously
January 18, 2017 – 2:43 pm | One Comment
Preaching: Taking the Scriptures Seriously

If Law and Gospel is to truly be at the heart of preaching, then it calls for more than a boilerplate Law-then-Gospel structure.

Preaching: Taking the First Article Seriously
December 12, 2016 – 3:10 pm | No Comment
Preaching: Taking the First Article Seriously

Preaching the whole Word of God to the whole person – and people – of God.

Making More of Gospel Metaphors
November 29, 2016 – 1:44 pm | No Comment
Making More of Gospel Metaphors

…aka, preaching the whole can of worms.

Rhetoric, Medicine, and Ministry
November 14, 2016 – 3:46 pm | One Comment
Rhetoric, Medicine, and Ministry

Reflections on the practical arts of life and ministry.

A Visit to the ER
October 18, 2016 – 3:42 pm | 3 Comments
A Visit to the ER

…and what happens when a seminary professor can’t go number one.

Lent 3 • Luke 13:1–9 • February 28, 2016
February 16, 2016 – 9:00 am | No Comment

By Glenn Nielsen
In this text Jesus doesn’t explicitly accuse someone of something that needs repentance. Rather, he says the unfortunate people in the tragedies were not worse sinners. So this sermon focuses on the second half …

Proper 8 • 2 Corinthians 8:1–9; 13–15 • June 28, 2015
June 13, 2015 – 9:05 am | No Comment

By Glenn Nielsen
Paul urges the Corinthians to finish up their part of the collection for the church in Jerusalem. They started a year earlier, setting aside an amount each week. But it seems the giving had slowed down …

Christmas 1 • Galatians 4:4–7 • December 28, 2014
December 16, 2014 – 9:00 am | No Comment

By Glenn A. Nielsen
The celebration of Christmas begins, in stores and media, months before December 25. Advent has led up to the church’s celebrations of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Now, three days later, the season of Christmas …

Tips for Easter Preaching – Year Round
April 15, 2014 – 10:33 am | 9 Comments
Tips for Easter Preaching – Year Round

Five ways to preach the resurrection, and not just at Easter.

Palm Sunday • Isaiah 50:4–9a • April 13, 2014
April 1, 2014 – 10:00 am | No Comment
Palm Sunday • Isaiah 50:4–9a • April 13, 2014

This sermon was prepared for Grace Lutheran Chapel in Bellefontaine Neighbors, Missouri. It makes use of various pictures of Jesus’ face from the church and school. The approach combines verses from the text with the pictures. The …