How can we, as preachers, approach our craft with the wisdom of Yo-Yo Ma and the genius of Bach in order to better engage our listeners?
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Most resources we guard and amass as precious stones: money, skill, assets. But there’s one resource we give away as thought its scarcity were a badge of honor…
How can we preach on “hot topics” in a way that invites dialogue rather than driving a wedge into the red-blue divides of our congregations?
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What signs or symptoms or evidence can we offer that God’s love isn’t a made-up thing “to placate the masses”—or just make us all feel better?
The problem with the typical stewardship sermon approach is it puts the cart before the horse. In this case the “cart” is the outcome: the amount of time, talent, and treasure people give on which the parish budget and programs depend. This cart contains idols of scarcity and desperation to achieve that which is beyond our control. Rather than be concerned about what people place in their metaphorical stewardship carts, we can be concerned about the “horse.” That is, the spiritual needs of our people and the dreams God has for them.
It came up again this week in light of the horrendous shootings in El Paso, TX, and Dayton, OH. Some preachers are concerned their fellow preachers aren’t doing their jobs.
What do preachers need to preach a faithful sermon that names the depth of sin known as racism that is experienced across the United States and elsewhere? And how do I, as a white person, talk about something that I’m complicit in?
There’s no getting around it: there are some tough passages in Scripture. Dr. Thompson showed us we can stay true to the text without excusing it; making it metaphorical, allegorical, or symbolic; or providing a justification that the times were “different back then.”
We’re so excited about Sermon Camp, we want to share one of the lessons at the core of our process. Preachers find the shift discussed in this lesson (video + chapter) transforms their sermon prep and their sermons—and addresses a crucial mistake most didn’t realize they were making.