Rolf Jacobson joins us on the Visual Preacher podcast. Rolf is a Lutheran pastor, a professor of Old Testament at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN, and a key player in WorkingPreacher.org. This interview takes you behind the scenes at Working Preacher, explores Martin Luther’s use of the artist Cranach in the Reformation, the use of body language in preaching, and lots of other goodies.

Here are some highlights and links from the conversation:

Brand Luther by Andrew Pettegree

Lucas Cranach the Elder, the artist that illustrated Martin Luther’s pamphlets

I asked Rolf what were some of the questions that prompted Working Preacher to want a book on visuals in preaching. He said:

  • People are doing it. Some are using presentation software. We might as well help think about it.
  • What does it mean to think about using visuals?
  • Where do you start?
  • How do you do it?
  • What does it mean for preaching that we’re using visuals?

We talk about the use of visual imagery in the Psalms. (Rolf is a Psalms scholar, so that makes sense)

We discuss the power of non-verbal communication. Best quote of the interview, “We visually communicate through our bodies and facial expressions. I know a lot of preachers that simply communicate boredom.”

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