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The Joy of Analogue: Outlining the Book of Joel for Preaching

October 19, 2016

One essential step in my sermon preparation process is reading the book of which the preaching passage is a part. I find it a discipline to hold off on reading commentaries and sit with the text itself. This is easier with a short book like Joel, from which this Sunday’s Old Testament lectionary reading comes.

I find myself more focused to read through and outline the book in analogue fashion. Here’s what it looked like for me yesterday morning:




(Having fine writing implements like a fountain pen and nice paper helps!) I have since transferred my book outline to MindNode, from which I’ll continue my sermon planning. Starting device-free is important (and really enjoyable) for me.

Here’s my two-page provisional outline of the book of Joel, complete with a misspelling of “devastation”:





2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 19, 2016 7:29 am

    Reblogged this on Talmidimblogging.

  2. Steve permalink
    October 24, 2016 10:23 am

    Thanks Abram–a good reminder to not be hasty in reading other studies/sources without having done our own work/reflection.

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