Professor Simundson spoke at a couple of adult forums at our congregation, and now 25 years later, I still remember two of his lectures.
The first was about gender issues based on the creation stories. The traditional interpretation, he said, was that man was created first, a woman came from the rib of Adam. Thus men are predominant.
The other interpretation is that creation is progressive, from the least complex to the most sophisticated. So in this view it could be that men are just rough drafts. The audience was completely engaged in this discussion.
The second insight regarded the difficulty of preaching. He said when you look at the Scriptures, particularly the Old Testament, you see them careening back and forth between judgment and hope.
Thus the challenge of preaching. A significant segment of the congregation needs to hear a word of judgment, while another large group need to hear a word of hope. Or maybe everyone needs to hear both. But how do you get both of these themes into one sermon?
Professor Simundson was an amazing teacher and such a gracious human being.
St. Paul, Minnesota
Submitted: February 05