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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. Resource type: Audio/Video Source: Working Preacher Author: Rolf Jacobson
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." Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: Working Preacher - Preach This Week Author: Dennis Olson
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. Resource type: Article Source: Religion & Ethics Newsweekly Author: Fleming Rutledge
Ash Wednesday A sermon starter and commentary by Marvin McMickle on 2 Corinthians 5:20b–6:10, for Ash Wednesday in the African American Lectionary. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: The African American Lectionary Author: Marvin A. McMickle
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. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: The African American Lectionary Author: Luke A. Powery
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. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: Patheos Author: Alyce McKenzie
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! Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: Patheos Author: Alyce M. McKenzie
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. Resource type: Article Source: Working Preacher Author: Rolf Jacobson
Advent Waiting 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.... Resource type: Song/Hymn Source: Global Worship
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.... Resource type: Article Source: Day1 Author: Kurt Lammi 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. Resource type: Article Source: Reformed Worship Author: Louis E. Lotz
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. Resource type: Element of Worship Source: Reformed Worship Author: St. John Chrysostom
Full Text Hymns on Preaching Go preach the wordPD
Preach the word, 'tis powerfulPD
Then go, preach the gospelPD
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Preaching Advent 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. Resource type: Article Source: Ministry Matters Author: James C. Howell "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. Resource type: Article Source: Working Preacher Author: Karoline M. Lewis 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. Resource type: Article Source: Homiletic and Pastoral Review Author: Peter Lovrick 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." Resource type: Article Source: Ministry Matters Author: Gennifer Benjamin Brooks 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. Resource type: Study Guide Source: The Christian Reflection Project Author: Robert B. Kruschwitz 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." Resource type: Article Source: Working Preacher Author: John Bjorge 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.... Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: Theological Commons (Princeton Theological Seminary) Author: Donald Macleod 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. Resource type: Sermon (Complete) Source: Ministry Matters Author: Martin Thielen
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