preaching politics

Finding Courage to Preach in "The Purple Zone" (A Guest Post)

Finding Courage to Preach in "The Purple Zone" (A Guest Post)

Here’s the truth many clergy have shared with me: they are afraid to preach about issues of public concern.  They know their sermons should in some way address things like racism, homophobia, climate change, sexism, economic issues, or hatred of foreigners, for example.  But fear holds them back, keeps them quiet, and muzzles their prophetic voice. How can you preach when you are afraid?

Eight Tips to Preach Across the Divide

Eight Tips to Preach Across the Divide

If your experience is like mine, you’ve never preached in a political and cultural climate as volatile and unpredictable as the one we face in the U.S. right now. How do we preach the unifying love of Christ when many are divided? How do we preach peace in the face of vitriol? How do we preach dignity when displays of disrespect are paraded as badges of honor?

When to Change Your Sermon in Light of Current Events

When to Change Your Sermon in Light of Current Events

It is simply a fact of the preaching life that, at times, we will be required to set aside our prepared sermons and speak to the events which surround us, testifying to how we see God in and through them.

How do we decide when to continue with our sermon as prepped versus adjusting our sermon at the last minute?