Inspiration & Growth

Stop and Smell the Ink: How Creative Play Makes You a Better Preacher

Stop and Smell the Ink: How Creative Play Makes You a Better Preacher

If you've only ever started your sermon prep with gritted teeth, we have an invitation for you. It's time to try a new way: begin with play.

How? We'll get to that. 

But first, let's convince your logical left brain why letting your right brain have a turn at the wheel might get you to your destination more effectively. 

The Key to Preaching in a "Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous" World

The Key to Preaching in a "Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous" World

Perhaps many of us don't need Dr. Johansen to tell us what already looks to be a frightening and chaotic world is only going to get worse. 

What may be more surprising is to hear Dr. Johansen's outline for a counter-narrative: hope. The upside, he says, is that this time of chaos is fertile ground for creativity, innovation, and a world that can become better than it is now.

So how do preachers participate in this counter-narrative?

How to Avoid Compassion Fatigue when Preaching About Crises

How to Avoid Compassion Fatigue when Preaching About Crises

When natural disasters, political crises, and social injustices occur week after week, compassion fatigue can set in. What are we to do in the face of overwhelming need?

Preachers can help their listeners avoid becoming numb, irritated or unresponsive, though. Read on to find out how.

The Powerful Prep Tool Every Preacher Has But Rarely Uses (Guest Post)

The Powerful Prep Tool Every Preacher Has But Rarely Uses (Guest Post)

We tend to consider the physical aspects of preaching only in the context of delivery:

  • raising or lowering the voice to emphasize phrases
  • using gestures to enhance a point
  • breathing in sync with the flow of sentences

But when is the last time you used your body and voice in sermon prep?

Or before you climbed into the pulpit? 

Have you ever?

5 Steps to Improving Your Preaching Life

5 Steps to Improving Your Preaching Life

We're 7 Sundays from Labor Day weekend. How do you feel about heading into the next program year?

Are you excited and confident in your routines and processes? Or are you dreading the increase in activity, the weekly scramble to get it all done, the seemingly endless demands on your time and energy?

If you're dissatisfied with the way your sermon preparation and preaching went last year, the slower pace of summer is a great time for reflection and change. 

A small investment of time over these next few weeks could transform your preaching life for the rest of the year. How do you make the most of the slower days of summer to make lasting change?

"WOW!": How to Enter the Fall with Renewed Energy for Preaching

"WOW!": How to Enter the Fall with Renewed Energy for Preaching

BsP is receiving more and more feedback that our ecourse is truly transforming the sermon prep process for preachers. Craft an Effective Sermon by Friday helps preachers not only preach better sermons but enjoy the prep, revitalizing their own spirituality in the process.