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.”