Thursday, August 25, 2011

Vicar Ekong's First Vicarage Sermon

Seminarian Eric Ekong and I started at Concordia Seminary at the same time. Of course, he went to class and did the work, so now he is on vicarage at a parish in the Saint Louis metro area. This is his first sermon as their vicar:

BSLC Florissant Sermon 8:00 am Sunday 8/21/2011 from Jim Steinbruegge on Vimeo.

If you'd like to play along at home, answer these questions from the Wilken Sermon Diagnostic, shamelessly stolen from Extreme Theology.

  1. How often is Jesus mentioned?
  2. If Jesus is mentioned, is He the subject of the verbs?
  3. What are those verbs?

What else can we ask...

  • Did he preach from the appointed readings for that Sunday, if so, which text?
  • Did he properly distinguish Law and Gospel and not confuse them?
  • Did he reference the Sacraments?
  • Did he reference the Lutheran Confessions?
  • Did he reference the Liturgy?

The last two are not strictly necessary, but they're good things to listen for in a sermon.

So, how did Vicar Ekong do?