Holiday/Special Sermons

Three Types of "Political" Sermons Your Listeners Will Be Glad to Hear this Sunday

Three Types of "Political" Sermons Your Listeners Will Be Glad to Hear this Sunday

Whatever the outcome of Tuesday’s midterm elections, if the stories I’ve heard from preachers in recent months are any indication, merely reading the Scripture will be interpreted by listeners as “political.” And they’re right. But not for the reasons they think.

A Preacher's Meditation for Maundy Thursday

A Preacher's Meditation for Maundy Thursday

"Not by annihilating the wicked, not by forcibly eliminating evil from among humankind is righteousness to be realized; the Lord wills to rehabilitate the world by turning sinners from evil ways that they may live. And we must admit that this is more difficult than the use of force."

A Preacher's Meditation for Tuesday of Holy Week

A Preacher's Meditation for Tuesday of Holy Week

"The women gather round the cross, fall to their knees in the wet sand and pray. Then they dance round the cross, the symbol of this folly. These women have lost everything—their homes, their families, their jobs and their possessions. They have nothing more to lose—only their chains, but everything to win."

A Gift for Preachers as You Prepare Your Easter Sermons

A Gift for Preachers as You Prepare Your Easter Sermons

In these busy weeks as you plan liturgies and craft sermons, we hope you'll steal a few minutes for yourself to savor this free collection of Easter quotations—not only to enliven your preaching imagination but as balm for your own spirit. We pray this rich collection of Easter wisdom, humor, and insight helps you remember the Resurrection is for preachers, too. 

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.

The Transfiguration Again? 10 Ways to See an Old Story with Fresh Eyes

The Transfiguration Again? 10 Ways to See an Old Story with Fresh Eyes

When you've preached the same story several times, finding fresh inspiration is a challenge. Sometimes, a simple shift in perspective—and process—reveals a trove of new ideas.