Five Novel Ways To Preach the Great Fast of Lent

Five Novel Ways To Preach the Great Fast of Lent

Fasting helps us discover what we believe we can't live without...all of which we can live without because God alone is the source of our life and breath, our contentment and joy.

Abstaining from food is the most common form of fasting, and I commend it. However, we might consider these five other forms of fasting for our personal disciplines and sermon messages.

Overcoming Sermon Procrastination: How to Get to Work When You Don't Know Where to Start

Overcoming Sermon Procrastination: How to Get to Work When You Don't Know Where to Start

Sometimes, what looks like procrastination is actually failure to make a decision. After all the decisions we have to make, What am I going to preach? can feel like the Everest of decisions. As a result, we put our sermon prep off. But we can anticipate this difficulty and plan for success. 

How do we overcome the fatigue that causes us to put off our sermon prep? How do we just get started?

Stop and Smell the Ink: How Creative Play Makes You a Better Preacher

Stop and Smell the Ink: How Creative Play Makes You a Better Preacher

If you've only ever started your sermon prep with gritted teeth, we have an invitation for you. It's time to try a new way: begin with play.

How? We'll get to that. 

But first, let's convince your logical left brain why letting your right brain have a turn at the wheel might get you to your destination more effectively. 

Eight Ways Thinking like a Coach Can Improve Your Sermon

Eight Ways Thinking like a Coach Can Improve Your Sermon

Adults learn differently than children, and that means putting different principles to work. There's even a word for teaching adults: "andragogy" (as opposed to pedagogy).

The coaching relationship may best capture the nuance of these distinctions. You can learn to think like a coach with these take-aways from the article "Transformative Learning: Another Perspective On Adult Learning" by Connie Malamed.

How to Reach Hearts on Both Sides of an Issue

How to Reach Hearts on Both Sides of an Issue

Not since the Civil Rights era have preachers been so called upon to discern and proclaim what it means to follow Jesus Christ and love one’s neighbor as oneself.

With so many competing viewpoints, so many people unwilling to dialogue, and so much fear driving people apart, how can preachers proclaim the dignity of every human being in a way it can be heard by people on both sides of the divide?