Timothy L. Brown

Timothy L. Brown (tim@westernsem.edu) is Henry Bast Professor of Preaching at Western Theological Seminary, Holland, Michigan.

Articles by this author:

  • The Power of Words: Speaking God's Word Requires Our Best

    Two voices, bracketing the Bible’s witness like audible bookends, shore up the theological convictions of this article. On one side of the biblical witness is the voice of the Creator thundering into creation’s inky darkness, “Let there be light. . . .” And on the other side is the voice of the prophet gasping for breath to choke out a benediction in the apocalypse of St. John, “Blessed is everyone who reads aloud the words of the prophecy of this book. . . .”

  • Alleluia! Jesus Is Risen! Sermon by Timothy Brown

    "If Christ has not been raised from the dead your faith is futile and you are still in your sins (and) those also who have died in Christ have perished."

    Say that again please. . . .

    "If Christ has not been raised from the dead your faith is futile and you are still in your sins (and) those also who have died in Christ have perished."

  • Coming Home for Christmas, page 1 of 2

    An Advent and Christmas series that reaches out to inactive members and neighbors

    Over the river and through the woods to Grandmother's house we go! Do you remember singing this bouncing little piece as a child? I sure do!

    It was my song.

    And it didn't seem to matter that the trip from Battle Creek, Michigan, where I grew up, to Kalamazoo, Michigan, where Grandma and Grandpa Brown lived, didn't include a single river crossing and hardly any woods.

  • Top Ten Ways to Keep Advent Preaching Fresh

    Thanks to comedian David Letterman, everyone seems to have a "top ten" list for something. With a touch of embarrassment for joining in the chorus and a genuine longing to be helpful to pastors who find themselves preaching in Advent "yet again," I humbly offer my own contribution: Top Ten Ways to Keep Advent Preaching Fresh.

    10 Plan ahead and plan communally.
  • Looking for Life in All the Right Places: An Advent series based on John 1

    To guide your worship during this Advent season I comend to you the prologue to the gospel John. I even have a suggestion for a series title: "A Believer's Guide to Virtual Reality".