Ash Wednesday: Crisis and Repentance
This podcast considers texts for Ash Wednesday, suggesting the penitential prayer of repentance from Psalm 51 and the communal crisis from Joel 2 as key preaching themes.
The Call is Urgent
A commentary on Joel 2:1-2, 12-17. The text calls us "to confess our sins, to remind ourselves of our mortality and frailty, and to hear the call to repentance or turning around from our sinful ways."
The Bad News is Part of the Good News
In this interview, Fleming Rutledge explores the themes of suffering and belief surrounding the Easter and Good Friday, as well as the implications of these stories for Christians in the rest of history.
A sermon starter and commentary by Marvin McMickle on 2 Corinthians 5:20b–6:10, for Ash Wednesday in the African American Lectionary.
Season of Lent
A sermon starter and commentary by Luke Powery on 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 for the season of Lent in the African American Lectionary.
The Power of Persistence, Part 2
Alyce McKenzie’s commentary on Luke 18:9-14 focuses on the tax collector’s prayer, elucidating the difference between the genuine humility through which God can work and the self-deprecation that keeps us from trusting God to work.
Sadie, the Prayer Dog
Commenting on Luke 13:1-9, Alyce McKenzie encourages us to heed the parable’s urgent call to repentance - and not miss out on joy!
Rethinking the 'Lenten Journey' Part 2 of 2
In this second of two essays, Rolf Jacobson uses a personal irritation for the metaphor “Lent is a journey" to reflect on how Christian leaders can help congregations experience Lent as a richer, more meaningful season.
Advent resources: a folk ballad, "Every Valley," tells of the times when waiting is hard and hope is needed, a "Community Prayer for Waiting," a banner, a painting, another prayer, and two quotes from Dietrich Bonhoeffer....
Preaching and the Rocky Ground
Preaching is hard. Yet the preacher’s role as a sower of the good seed/word does not depend on how fruitful is the soil. The sower sows anyway, trusting the Holy Spirit to bring about the harvest....
Resurrection Apprehension: Lots of Ideas to Calm Those Easter Sermon Fears
Preaching on Easter every year can bring up apprehension, but Louis E. Lotz helps by giving possible sermon topics and thoughts.
Paschal Sermon of St. John Chrysostom
A 4th-century sermon is still preached every Easter in Orthodox churches. This poetic sermon is heard but once a year, but many worshipers know it by heart.
Full Text Hymns on Preaching
Go preach the wordPD
Preach the word, 'tis powerfulPD
Then go, preach the gospelPD
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Preaching is so very different during Advent. This article highlights some of those differences, offering tips and suggestions to embrace the challenges, which can become peculiar delights for the preacher and the congregation.
"Preaching the Bible and the News: Challenges and Opportunities"
Preaching is and should be different than an evening newscast. This article for preachers explores how and why.
Preaching the Homily and the New Evangelization
Peter Lovrick reflects on the importance of preaching, the distinctives of the Roman Catholic homily, and the role of both in the "new evangelization" declared by Pope Benedict XVI and continued by Pope Francis.
Preaching an Act of Worship
In this article, Gennifer Benjamin Brooks says that preaching is worship. It is thus "not under the ownership of the preacher; it is imbedded in community action."
Preaching Scripture Faithfully - Study Guide
Study guide for a lesson about scripture. How can we preach and hear difficult passages of Scripture faithfully? Discussion questions and liturgical elements included.
Preaching for the Heart
Preaching can often seem to be an intellectual practice that becomes firmly rooted in the ancient biblical world. This article challenges preachers to preach "from within," not merely "from afar."
Preaching in Advent: The Meaning of Christmas
This audio-recorded lecture on the meaning of Christmas is the third of three in the series, "Witness through Preaching & Worship: Preaching through Advent". It was delivered by Donald Mcleod at Princeton Theological Seminary in 1963....
Preaching with Visual Impact
Martin Thielen introduces the process (and the value) of preaching with video slides, and includes a full sermon with notes to the video technician about how and when to display visual slides.