Holiday/Special Sermons

Eight Do's and Don'ts to Write a Better Christmas Sermon

Eight Do's and Don'ts to Write a Better Christmas Sermon

Your Christmas Eve sermon is one of the most important of the year, providing an opportunity to share the revolutionary Good News with those who may not frequent our pews the rest of the year. Here are eight things you should do and not do to ensure your Christmas sermon does its intended job: celebrate the birth of Jesus while helping listeners experience the wonder and implications of the Incarnation.

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."