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Conversational Preaching: You have more sermon partners than you realize (a guest post)

Conversational Preaching: You have more sermon partners than you realize (a guest post)

Conversational preaching can mean many things for preachers. But, scholars of language have studied this topic and identified several necessary features that distinguish conversation from other kinds of speech. One obvious quality of conversation is that there is more than one participant. And while this may sound outlandish in a sermon, the the truth is, you already have more preaching partners than you realize.

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?

Bridging the Language Gap in Sermons: Four Ways to Ensure “Church Words” are Meaningful to Your Listeners

Bridging the Language Gap in Sermons: Four Ways to Ensure “Church Words” are Meaningful to Your Listeners

There is a risk of misunderstanding when we use certain “church words.” We say a word, intending one meaning, but our listeners hear or interpret something else. How do we ensure our listeners actually understand what we mean? Consider these four approaches to bridge the divide.

How Our Failure to Preach on the "M" Word Damages More than Parish Budgets

How Our Failure to Preach on the "M" Word Damages More than Parish Budgets

The “M” word consistently makes preachers squirm, perhaps because it’s so wrapped up in our livelihood and the sustainability of the church. But money impacts so much more than our salaries and budgets. It’s a critical influence in nearly every aspect of a parishioner’s life. So our silence on matters of finance may be hurting the very ones we wish not to discomfort.

9 Ways to Ensure Your Last Sermon of the Weekend is as Strong as Your First

9 Ways to Ensure Your Last Sermon of the Weekend is as Strong as Your First

When you preach the same sermon across multiple services, there can be a drop in energy, enthusiasm, or presence as the morning wears on. How do you maintain focus and attention so that each event receives the fullness of your abilities?