The sermons of So that You May Believe: Creatively Preaching the Fourth Gospel employ a variety of homiletic strategies and form, including sermon-in-verse, first-person narrative, parabolic storytelling, and an example of Puritan "plain sermon." The sermons are theologically sound, engaging, and instructive for exploring various sermon constructions and preaching approaches. Teachers of homiletics and biblical interpretation can employ the book as a secondary resource offering examples of unique strategies for interpreting and teaching the gospel.
So that You May Believe seeks to communicate the theological themes of the gospel according to John while broadening the reader's approach to interpreting the gospel. The sermons offer a fresh way of hearing the gospel proclamation and can help to rejuvenate the creativity of those charged with the weekly presentation of the good news of Jesus Christ.
Are you looking for a resource to enliven your preaching and teaching of the gospel of John? Creatively Preaching the Fourth Gospel is the book for you. Covering the entire gospel and using a variety of homiletical styles, Eaton plumbs the depths of John in a way that speaks clearly and powerfully to today's church. I know of no finer book on preaching the Fourth Gospel.
Robert E. Van Voorst
Professor of New Testament
Western Theological Seminary
Sermon Titles Included:
- The Darkness Shall not Overcome (a sermon in the wake of 9/11)
- John the Baptist (a sermon in first-person monologue)
- The Living Bread (a sermon for Holy Communion)
- Departure (a sermon dealing with grief)
- Egg Whites, Yolks, and Shells (a sermon for Trinity Sunday)
Brand Eaton is Director of Spiritual Wellness at Bethany Village Retirement Community in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. Prior to his current ministry location, Brand served as pastor to various United Methodist congregations in central Pennsylvania for twenty years. He is a graduate of Lycoming College (B.A.), Wesley Theological Seminary (M.Div., D.Min), and a Board Certified Chaplain. Brand and his wife, Susan Eaton, live in Dillsburg, Pennsylvania.