With Ears To Hear is a resource for those who LISTEN to Christian sermons. Many people are called to preach. Many, many more are called to listen. Whether you are newly drawn to Jesus or are a longtime Christian, you will find something here to orient and deepen your listening.
With Ears To Hear provides strategies for listening. There is a basic resource for listening From Week to Week, as well as specific resources for particular purposes and interests. See the links to the right.
Among the resources here, you will find an introduction to what happens in the Christian sermon, strategies for listening to sermons, as well as direction to other resources for further study. The image that serves as the banner of this website is a picture of what ought to happen in the Christian sermon. For more on this image, follow this link.
Reflecting on the Logo
At the beginning of Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians, he reflects on his time with the Christian community in Corinth. Part of his reflection is this:
When I came to you, brothers and sisters, I did not come proclaiming the mystery of God to you in lofty words or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and him crucified.
(1 Cor 2.1-2, NRSV)
At the heart of the Christian faith, the gospel of Jesus Christ, and Christian community is the cross of Christ. The cross in the ear symbolizes the centrality of the cross for every sermon - both its preaching and its hearing.
From S.D. Giere:
"My work with this website is an extension of my call to serve Christ in His Church for the world. As a Christian and a member of a local parish, I am in need of hearing the Word of God proclaimed every week. As a pastor and teaching theologian of the church, I am called both to proclaim the Word and to educate others about biblically rooted, doctrinally sound, evangelical proclamation of the Good News of Jesus Christ. And, I am convinced that this commitment needs to involve those listening to sermons as much as for those giving them.
"There is, I think, a fundamental relationship between the vitality of the mission of Christ's church and the quality of its proclamation. We, the Church, both preachers and hearers, participate in the proclamation. I hope that this resource enriches your listening for and to the Word of God.
"I am grateful for the students, colleagues, and teachers who have contributed to my own listening and learning over the years and to those who have helped directly in shaping this resource."
The Rev. S.D. Giere, PhD, is the creator and manager of the With Ears to Hear resource. He currently serves as Associate Professor of Homiletics and Biblical Interpretation at Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa. Dr. Giere earned a PhD in Old Testament from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, and is an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He is a member of the Academy of Homiletics, the Society of Biblical Literature, and the Catholic Biblical Association of America. Dr. Giere is the author of A New Glimpse of Day One (de Gruyter, 2009) and has contributed to books and web resources on the intersection of bible and film, the interpretation of Scripture, and resources for preachers.
Originally from far northern Minnesota, Dr. Giere now lives in Dubuque, Iowa, USA, with his wife, the Rev. Amy Current, Dean for Vocation at Wartburg Theological Seminary, their two children, and their dog.
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