Passion for Preaching is a blog by different writing about a range of topics related to preaching. Many of the writers are participants in the Peer Groups or the Coaching Program, but other voices are welcome as well. If you would like to submit a 500-800 word essay to be considered for the blog, please email .

Fear or Faith?

When any crisis comes my way, I know I have the choice: hide from it in fear or face it with confidence and faith.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Any News? Reflections on Matthew 1:18-25

Our experience in life is unpredictable from day to day. We wake up in the morning and we are not entirely sure what combination of good news and bad news the day will bring. 

Monday, December 16, 2019

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

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

Structure It!

I have come to realize that if the structure isn’t well designed, the sermon is hard to memorize and less understandable for its hearers.

Thursday, February 8, 2018