Preaching Connection: Folly

Movies for Preaching

Fargo (1996) – 1

Fargo, Written and Directed by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, Starring Frances McDormand, William H. Macy, and Steve Buscemi.   98 minutes, Rated R. Jerry Lundegaard (William H. Macy) has had it up to here working under the thumb of his cold, stingy father-in-law, Wade Gustafsan.  For years Jerry has been the lead salesman in the…


Reading for Preaching

How to Read a Book

[Teflon readers] are “as Alexander Pope rightly calls them, book-full blockheads, ignorantly read. There have always been literate ignoramuses who have read too widely and not well. The Greeks had a name for such a mixture of learning and folly which might be applied to the bookish but poorly read of all ages. They are...

Additional content related to Folly

1 Corinthians 1:18-25

In a wonderful sermon commentary on this text (from which I drew numerous ideas for this one), Scott Hoezee suggests that there’s a danger in spending as much time in church and around Christians as some gospel proclaimers do. That’s when Christianity becomes commonsensical to us. And we also wonder why Christianity doesn’t make sense…


1 Corinthians 1:10-18

The Reformed expression of the Christian faith’s many strengths have not always included Christian unity.  Reformed Christians’ actions have sometimes tweaked an old saying to sound something like, “Where two or three are gathered in Jesus’ name … there you have three or four Reformed denominations.”  Presbyterians sometimes talk about “split p’s”. So this Sunday’s…


Psalm 14

Psalm 14 is not my favorite Psalm; I’ve never preached on it.  And it is not a Psalm that occurs over and over in the RCL like Psalm 23.  It is easy to see why.  It is about as politically incorrect as anything in the Bible.  It’s not the sweet political incorrectness of the Gospel,…