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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.

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 …

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 …