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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.

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 …

What Do Our Communication Practices Say About Us?
May 2, 2013 – 9:30 am | No Comment
What Do Our Communication Practices Say About Us?

Seven things to think about for life in the iPhone age.

Transfiguration Sunday • Hebrews 3:1–6 • February 10, 2013
January 29, 2013 – 7:00 am | No Comment

By Glenn Nielsen
Goal: That the hearers are more confident in the hope we have in the One
deserving of all glory.
The writer to the Hebrews wants us to have confidence, and the courage to
stand strong in …

Writing My Metanarrative
August 23, 2012 – 2:15 pm | 5 Comments
Writing My Metanarrative

Everybody’s got one. What’s yours? Here’s mine.

Transfiguration Sunday • 2 Kings 2:1–12 • February 19, 2012
February 8, 2012 – 7:00 am | 8 Comments

Editor’s Note: In the Winter 2012 Concordia Journal, this homiletical help was published in a brief outline form. As indicated there, below is the full manuscript for the sermon outlined by the author in the …

Purely Academic?
January 20, 2011 – 1:51 pm | One Comment
Purely Academic?

I like crossword puzzles. I do a couple (or more) each day. That doesn’t mean I’ve mastered them. Usually I don’t get far on Thursday’s NY Times crossword in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Recently I came across a clue and answer that made me stop and think about academics, theology and preaching….

Palm Sunday • John 12:12–19 • April 17, 2011
January 14, 2011 – 3:56 pm | One Comment

By Glenn A. Nielsen
A Victory Parade—on a Donkey?
Goal: That the hearers more firmly believe that Jesus is victorious over our greatest enemies. (The following is one approach that focuses Jesus’s victory over his/our enemies by …

A Changed Confession
June 15, 2010 – 2:58 pm | 3 Comments
A Changed Confession

Last February I changed the confession of sins that was to be used in the worship services.  I regularly assist at Grace Lutheran Chapel in Bellefontaine Neighbors (a north suburb of St. Louis), and that …

What Statistics Say — and Don’t
May 19, 2010 – 10:06 am | 4 Comments
What Statistics Say — and Don’t

As the Director of Vicarage and Deaconess Internships, I keep track of how many congregations apply for a vicar and how many students are available for vicarage assignment.  A three ring binder sits on a …