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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.”

Notes:

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EFCA Forum on Expository Preaching

Greg Strand – July 1, 2013 Leave a comment

Note: Monday, July 1, I will share following at the EFCA One pre-conference to introduce the EFCA Forum on Expository Preaching entitled, “Preaching Laments and Imprecatory Psalms” presented by Dr. Dennis Magary and Dr. Greg Scharf.

A Brief Word About History

The genesis for the Forum on Expository Preaching was a concern raised by a few pastors from the Central District that expository preaching was being laid aside for other kinds of preaching. Added to this concern were messages these men heard at a Conference by D. A. Carson entitled “The Primacy of Expository Preaching.” These matters were the foundation for establishing the Forum on Expository Preaching in 1996. A couple of years later, these pastors partnered with TEDS through Milo Lundell to make this a joint ministry.

This ministry partnership existed until 2011, when the ministry realigned its structure and slightly changed its focus. Today TEDS and the EFCA partner in this ministry, with Greg Scharf, Pastoral Theology Chair, and me, at the EFCA national office, providing the oversight and administration to it.

Updated Goal

“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.”

  1. Immediate Goal
    • Encourage and equip (teach and model)
    • expository preaching and expository preachers
  2. Trinitarian
    • God-centered
    • Christ-focused
    • Spirit-empowered
  3. Biblical, i.e., pastor-theologians
    • biblically faithful
    • theologically informed
    • pastorally sensitive
  4. Passion/Desire
    • proclaim God’s Word to God’s people (beginning with oneself)
  5. Ultimate Goal
    • glorify God
    • nurture God’s people
    • build up the church of Jesus Christ

Schedule and Topic

9:00-11:30 AM: A Teaching Workshop: “Going Negative – Preaching Laments and Imprecatory Psalms” (teaching in order to establish the foundation for preaching, followed by discussion and feedback)

1:00-3:00 PM: Sermon: A Psalm of Lament: Psalm 22 (preaching to model the teaching, followed by discussion and feedback)

Speakers

Drs. Magary and Scharf will be co-teaching the Preaching Forum, an Old Testament professor and a Practical Theology professor, a teacher who preaches and a preacher who teaches, modeling for us what we aspire to be, pastor-theologians.

In the EFCA, we are people of the book, the Bible. This also means that we are people who are committed to preaching, teaching and living based on the Scriptures. One of the ways we teach, encourage and model this in the EFCA is through the Preaching Forums.

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.

Here is the pertinent information regarding our upcoming Preaching Forum.

EFCA Preaching Forum
“Preaching Laments and Imprecatory Psalms”
Dr. Dennis Magary and Dr. Greg Scharf
July 1, 2013
http://efcaone.com/#about

10:00-11:45 AM: “Going Negative – Preaching Laments and Imprecatory Psalms” (a teaching workshop)

1:30-3:00 PM: Sermon: A Psalm of Lament (preaching to model the teaching, followed by discussion and feedback)

We are excited to have Dennis Magary and Greg Scharf as our keynote teachers/preachers.

Dennis serves as an Associate Professor of Old Testament and Semitic Languages, and he also serves as the Chair of the Old Testament and Semitic Languages Department. He has been at TEDS since 1979. Not only is Magary an excellent scholar, he is also a gifted preacher/expositor. He is a model of the theologian (academic)/pastor, one who teaches in academia, but who models that the end result of studying the text is to preach the Word of God to God’s people.

Greg serves as Professor of Pastoral Theology, and he also serves as the Chair of the Pastoral Theology Department. He served in pastoral ministry up until the time he transitioned to this role at TEDS in 1999. For all his years in the pastorate, Scharf modeled what it is to be a pastor/theologian. Though he was a godly undershepherd of God’s people, in the midst of his pastoral care he gave himself diligently to the study of the Scriptures so that he could faithfully feed the people of God from the pulpit. Greg was my mentor in that I served as a pastoral intern under him at the conclusion of my seminary days at TEDS.

Dennis and Greg will be co-teaching the Preaching Forum, an Old Testament professor and a Pastoral Theology professor, a teacher who preaches and a preacher who teaches, modeling for us what we aspire to be in the EFCA, pastor-theologians.

It would be great if you were able to join us for this excellent Preaching Forum in New Orleans!

EFCA One Conference

donnajump – February 18, 2013 Leave a comment

From July 1-3 EFCA leaders will gather in sunny New Orleans, Louisiana, for EFCA One, the largest national gathering of EFCA leaders.

If you have not seen the EFCA One schedule yet, it is well-planned. There are seven training tracks led by Ed Stetzer, Aubrey Malphurs, Noel Castellanos, Scott Manetsch, Gordon and Gail MacDonald (plus others). The plenary speakers are excellent Bible expositors:  Kevin DeYoung and Gordon MacDonald. And, I know the two hot topics panels will energize pastor and leader discussions during the conference and back at home.

In addition to all of the above, I will be providing oversight to the Preaching Forum led by Greg Scharf, professor of pastoral theology at TEDS, and Dennis Magary, professor of Old Testament at TEDS, as they teach and preach on the theme ““Preaching Laments and Imprecatory Psalms.” I will also be giving leadership to the Training Track led by Scott Manetsch, professor of church history at TEDS, as he instructs us on the topic “Reformation of the Pastoral Office: Practices of the Reformers, Lessons for Today.”

What God has done in and through His people in the EFCA in the city of New Orleans is amazing. Beyond the hurricanes, local EFCA churches, ministries, districts and national ministries like TouchGlobal and Challenge conference have truly come together to reflect the oneness Jesus prayed for in John 17.

I would encourage you to attend EFCA One. You can find the details here: www.efcaone.org.

I look forward to seeing you in July!