EFCA One – Forum on Expository Preaching: “Preaching Laments and Imprecatory Psalms”

Greg Strand – July 24, 2013 2 Comments

Drs. Dennis Magary and Greg Scharf co-taught the Forum on Expository Preaching at our EFCA One Conference, “Preaching Laments and Imprecatory Psalms.” Magary serves as Professor of Old Testament and Semitic Languages and Chair of the Old Testament and Semitic Languages Department; Scharf serves as Professor of Pastoral Theology and Chair of the Pastoral Theology Department. With these two TEDS professors we have a teacher who preaches and a preacher who teaches, modeling for us what we aspire to be, pastor-theologians.

The new format for the Forum consists of teaching and preaching. Magary taught about biblical laments and how to understand them with references to numerous texts of Scripture, while Scharf addressed issues of the sermon and how to frame, structure and organize the text to preach biblical laments faithfully to God’s people. This was then applied as Magary actually preached a sermon on Psalm 22. The session ended with a time for questions and answers.

The Forum was excellent! I like the new format we have established, consisting of teaching, preaching and a time for Q & A. It was evident that the questions came from those on the front-lines of ministry, those who are studying the Word faithfully, preaching regularly and providing pastoral care to God’s people.

I am excited to share with you these excellent sessions through recordings and notes. Thank you to Magary and Scharf for making them available! Though the recordings were not professionally done, their quality is quite good. The recording of the final Q & A is not as clear, in that one person had the microphone, while questions were asked from those in attendance and two individuals responded to the questions.

Session 1: Dennis Magary, “Going Negative: Preaching Biblical Laments

Session 2: Greg Scharf, “Preaching Laments: What To Look For and What To Echo

Session 3: Sermon: Dennis Magary, “A Psalm of Lament: Psalm 22

Session 4: Question and Answer

“The goal of the Forum on Expository Preaching is to encourage and equip expository preachers in the EFCA who are God-centered, Christ-focused and Spirit-empowered, who are biblically faithful, theologically informed and pastorally sensitive, and who have a passion to proclaim God’s Word to God’s people with the goal of glorifying God, nurturing God’s people and building up the church of Jesus Christ.”


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Greg Strand


Affectionately called “Walking Bible” by his youngest daughter, Greg Strand has a ministry history that goes back to 1982. Since that time, he has served in local church ministry in a variety of ministry capacities: youth pastor, associate pastor of adult ministries and senior pastor. He is currently the EFCA's Executive Director of Theology and Credentialing. Greg reads voraciously and never stops learning — a passion reflected in the overflowing bookshelves that spill from his library to multiple offices. And he could tell you about each of those books! His hunger for learning pales in contrast to his great love for God and for teaching the Word of God.

2 responses to EFCA One – Forum on Expository Preaching: “Preaching Laments and Imprecatory Psalms”

  1. AutoFill Vincent Klug August 6, 2013 at 9:43 am

    What a blessing to hear Dr. Magary teach/preach again.
    I went to T.U. and had him for 2 classes. While obtaining my degree at T.E.D.S., I never missed an opportunity to hear Dr. Magary. If you know of a site that has a list of his messages available to stream or down load please be so kind to let me know. You inspire me to “fire up” my blog again: http://www.gracecreed.info

    Thank you!

    • It is great to hear from you, Vincent. I am encouraged to hear you have found this blog helpful.

      I am also grateful to learn that the resources I post are being used. The preaching seminar was excellent, which you have now heard.

      I am sorry, but I do not know of a website that has Magary’s sermons/messages/teaching.

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