My next project arises out of a book being written by good friends Peter Stevenson and Stephen Wright, entitled: Preaching the Incarnation. (They have already published Preaching the Atonement - to considerable acclaim!) Ten chapters will provide theological commentary on key biblical passages, followed by a sermon on each text and homiletical reflection.
My passage is Philippians 2: 1-11 which contains what many view as an early Christian hymn in verses 6-11. Packed with dense theology, it is also applied very practically.
Because it is for publication, and set in a theologically demanding context, its tempting to write for the eye - with as much theological gravitas as I can muster! Already Tom Long, Will Willimon, Anna Carter Florence and the Archbishop of Canterbury are on board! However, I believe, with all my heart, that preaching should never done in a study but in the midst of a congregation, (though I need the study too!) So I am taking this text for my next preach at the University Church at University of Illinois. "Real" people will help shape this preached word. As always, as I blog about my sermon journey these next days, I should value input from you.