Finding Your Voice in Preaching!

As a teacher of preaching, one of my goals is to help preachers find their Voice. That is, gain confidence in their distinctive perspective on the world and the gospel...

Monday, February 18, 2019

Fan the Flame!

Now I should remind you, brothers and sisters, of the good news that I proclaimed to you, which you in turn received, in which also you stand...

Monday, February 11, 2019

Meatball Exegesis!

What is a method of sermon preparation that is realistic in terms of time commitment but yields a quality sermon?

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Getting Things Done – Sermon Preparation

As much as I deeply love to preach, my sermon preparation takes so long that I am fearful of the day when I have to start preaching consistently every week. How does one write consistently good sermons without devoting so much time to research and writing that nothing else gets done?

Friday, August 31, 2018

What year is it?

What Year Is It Again?

When I read of the failure of two amendments to the Constitution of the United Methodist Church, one related to gender equality, the other to the inclusion of all persons, the question comes to mind, “What year is it again?”

Monday, May 14, 2018

Who are You When No One is Looking?

Who are You When No One is Looking? Is the name of a book by former senior pastor of Willow Creek Church Bill Hybels whose subtitle is Choosing Consistency, Resisting Compromise.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Seasons of the Church Year, Seasons of Life

I recognized the Light of God shining in the darkest hour of human suffering; and through the wailing cries of grief and silent tears of sorrow, I felt the Presence of God standing in solidarity with those who mourned.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

shaky knees

Shaky Knees

I knew I was called to preach the “Good News,” and my knees began to shake. I had Shaky Knees!  “Would I be a good ambassador for Jesus?  Would I accurately interpret the Word of God, so that others might know and feel the freedom of God’s offering through Jesus Christ?”

Monday, February 12, 2018