When Mary gazes gently at us from statues, paintings, and icons, what do we see? How do we understand her? Perhaps there's more to Mary than her "meek and mild" representations suggest.
With three sermons to preach in two days, Christmas weekend will demand a lot this year. By starting now, you can ensure you finish without the scramble of last-minute preparations. Check out our guide to find practical ideas to plan and preach creatively for less stress this preaching-intensive season.
Wondering what to give the preacher in your life? Not sure what to put on your own Christmas list? Check out BsP's round-up of the most inspiring gifts for preachers—created by preachers (so you know they're items preachers really want!).
How do we make the well-known story of Christ's birth new again? How do we nurture the sense of longing and anticipation the advent season suggests? Consider these three themes to help your listeners (and yourself!) connect to the store anew.
As churches increasingly struggle to maintain full-time preaching staff, Cathie Caimano of Free Range Priest sees opportunity for a new model. In this guest post, she discusses supply preaching and what it's like to preach in a different context each week.
Sometimes you just gotta say it.
Sometimes you just gotta address the topic of the day:
How do you preach a topical sermon and also rely on the lectionary like we're supposed to?
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 do we harness the example of the Saints' stories without leaving our listeners feeling washed up and hopeless? There's one key element that takes the Saints off their proverbial pedestal so they can be a healthy model for our listeners.
Why does a Gospel text bother us?
That’s the essential question when confronted with a text we don’t like. The essential answer is this:
The text bothers us because it conflicts with our understanding of God.
Jesus doesn’t always speak or act consistently with our faith.
So how do you find the sermon message when dealing with Gospel texts where Jesus frustrates, disappoints, or makes you nervous? This 8-step process examines the backstory of your faith so you can name your theology, identify the apparent inconsistencies in the text, and then bridge the gap between them.