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Brought to You by the Letter "O" Article by Nathan Aaseng http://www.workingpreacher.org/craft.aspx?m=4377&post=3660 Article by Nathan Aaseng Topics: God , Prayer , Reverence Source: Working Preacher Nathan Aaseng discusses the "O" that is so often used when Christians pray to God (i.e. O, God) suggesting that "God" and "Lord" good names for the Divine Being without the need for an "O." Pulpit Magic Article by Nathan Aaseng http://www.workingpreacher.org/craft.aspx?m=4377&post=3279 Article by Nathan Aaseng Topics: Love , Prayer , Hope , Christ Source: Working Preacher Nathan Aaseng observes that although many people attribute magical power to pastors, the truth is that "through the power of Jesus Christ, we are able to change lives." Knuckleball Approach to Children’s Sermons Article by Nathan Aaseng http://www.workingpreacher.org/craft.aspx?m=4377&post=1908 Article by Nathan Aaseng Topics: Humility , Children , Sermon , Sports Source: Working Preacher Nathan Aaseng recommends flexibility in preparation and delivery of children's sermons. "The one thing you can depend on … is that there is nothing you can depend on." Preach What You Know Article by Nathan Aaseng http://www.workingpreacher.org/craft.aspx?m=4377&post=3240 Article by Nathan Aaseng Topics: Preaching , Witness , Knowledge , Truth Source: Working Preacher Nathan Aaseng says that preachers do not need to claim expertise on everything. Their task is to proclaim God's word and to share "experiences of the grace and love and justice of God" in Christ. Winning One for the Gipper Article by Nathan Aaseng http://www.workingpreacher.org/craft.aspx?m=4377&post=3492 Article by Nathan Aaseng Topics: Preaching , Kingdom of God , Sermon , Imagination Source: Working Preacher Nathan Aaseng says that although preachers may dream of delivering a rhetorical masterpiece with dramatic impact, it is usually more effectively to build the kingdom of God "brick by brick." The Dark Side of Proclamation Article by Nathan Aaseng http://www.workingpreacher.org/craft.aspx?m=4377&post=2054 Article by Nathan Aaseng Topics: Confession , Humility , Reconciliation , Church Source: Working Preacher Nathan Aaseng acknowledges his target audiences while preaching: the faithful believers and those who show up uninterested in the Gospel. To foster credibility with the latter, Aaseng speaks to an honest confession of the church’s sins. Your Kid Did What?! Article by Nathan Aaseng http://www.workingpreacher.org/craft.aspx?m=4377&post=1785 Article by Nathan Aaseng Topics: Family , Preaching , Sermon , Homiletics Source: Working Preacher Nathan Aaseng reflects on the value of using stories in sermons, and the advantages and cautions of using stories about oneself or one's family. Fear Factor in Preaching Article by Nathan Aaseng http://www.workingpreacher.org/craft.aspx?m=4377&post=1872 Article by Nathan Aaseng Topics: Preaching , Fear , Faith , Humility Source: Working Preacher Nathan Aaseng writes on fear and confidence when it comes to preaching. Confidence has to do with faith. Fear has to do with humility. Shakedown Sunday Article by Nathan Aaseng http://www.workingpreacher.org/craft.aspx?m=4377&post=2023 Article by Nathan Aaseng Topics: Stewardship , Stewardship Sunday , Offering , Generosity Source: Working Preacher Nathan Aaseng discusses the difference between stewardship and fundraising. Stalking the Wild Idea, Part II Article by Nathan Aaseng http://www.workingpreacher.org/craft.aspx?m=4377&post=2034 Article by Nathan Aaseng Topics: Preparation , Sermon , Preaching Source: Working Preacher Nathan Aaseng discusses four strategies for preaching in fresh ways: harvest what's in the air, mine your experience, create a chain reaction of questions, and put things where they don't belong. Starting Sentences With “And” Article by Nathan Aaseng http://www.workingpreacher.org/craft.aspx?m=4377&post=2035 Article by Nathan Aaseng Topics: Preparation , Language , Preaching , Sermon Source: Working Preacher Nathan Aaseng calls attention to the use of conjunctions in preaching, to make the point that understanding matters, context matters, and the flow of sermons matters. “So This Guy Walks Into a Bar....” Article by Nathan Aaseng http://www.workingpreacher.org/craft.aspx?m=4377&post=1805 Article by Nathan Aaseng Topics: Humor , Creativity , Stewardship Sunday , Memory Source: Working Preacher Nathan Aaseng says that humor can be a useful tool in sermons, for maintaining attention, aiding memory, and dispelling anxiety and awkwardness. But humor must not become the goal of a sermon. Preacher Voice Article by Nathan Aaseng http://www.workingpreacher.org/craft.aspx?m=4377&post=1968 Article by Nathan Aaseng Topics: Pastoral leadership , Preaching , Homiletics , Education Source: Working Preacher Nathan Aaseng says that if preachers are to be effective they need to be a real, authentic person in whom what you see is what you get: someone who speaks honestly and from the heart. Stewardship Refund Commentary/Exegesis by Nathan Aaseng http://www.workingpreacher.org/craft.aspx?m=4377&post=2036 Commentary/Exegesis by Nathan Aaseng Topics: Stewardship , Gratitude , Sermon Source: Working Preacher In this sermon starter for Exodus 35, Nathan Aaseng suggest a sermon on stewardship, saying that giving comes when your heart is stirred, when you recognize that God is working in you to do something dynamic. "I Couldn't Hear a Thing" Article by Nathan Aaseng http://www.workingpreacher.org/craft.aspx?m=4377&post=3609 Article by Nathan Aaseng Topics: Children/youth , Worship , Worship Planning Source: Working Preacher What do we do about wailing children who make it impossible for people to hear? Nathan Aaseng explores this sensitive issue and encourages an open dialogue so that we can all worship God together. Flaged and Greeting Cards Article by Nathan Aaseng http://www.workingpreacher.org/craft.aspx?m=4377&post=1873 Article by Nathan Aaseng Topics: Culture , Worship , Secularism , Mother's Day Source: Working Preacher This article by Nathan Aaseng questions the value of celebrating secular holidays in Christian worship, suggesting that worship should be drawn from scripture rather than secular holidays. Post-Christmas Blues Article by Nathan Aaseng http://www.workingpreacher.org/craft.aspx?m=4377&post=1962 Article by Nathan Aaseng Topics: Christmas , Hope , Rejoicing , Preaching Source: Working Preacher Reflecting on Christmas joy, Nathan Aaseng writes in this article on Matthew 2 and Luke 2 that "peace and goodwill" do not last long after Christ's birth. Yet the Christmas story offers hope change is coming. Not Feeling the Love Article by Nathan Aaseng http://www.workingpreacher.org/craft.aspx?m=4377&post=1930 Article by Nathan Aaseng Topics: Love , Hospitality , Church Source: Working Preacher This reflection by Nathan Aaseng on John 13:35 considers welcome and hospitality in the church, suggesting that in the face of decline the church must commit itself to love one an other. What Tradition Really Means Article by Nathan Aaseng http://www.workingpreacher.org/craft.aspx?m=4377&post=3061 Article by Nathan Aaseng Topics: Tradition , Memory Source: Working Preacher How do we remember things that should never be forgotten? In this article, Nathan Aaseng explains what tradition really means and what it supposed to do. Shoulder Taps Article by Nathan Aaseng http://www.workingpreacher.org/craft.aspx?m=4377&post=2025 Article by Nathan Aaseng Topics: Lent , Preaching , Sermon Source: Working Preacher In this article, Nathan Aaseng says that you are more likely to hear sermons in Lent that tell you what you already know very well, and that's an important thing.

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