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 .

A Divine Ensemble: Revisiting the Psalms from the Pulpit

As we know, the Psalter is a collection of praises, laments, thanksgivings and wisdom; all of life’s stations are located somewhere within its one hundred and fifty entries.   They speak to us through their metaphorical nature because we have all experienced their underlying truths. 

Monday, January 8, 2018

In the Wake of Charlottesville… Not Enough

If enough preachers start to discuss white privilege pastorally and prophetically, God’s word will not return empty.

So, when it comes to white pulpits being silent about white privilege …enough is enough. Let’s get talking. Let’s start preaching.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Preaching Hope

Faith is not blind sentimentality.  Faith is not settled complacency.  Faith is not resolute luxury.  Faith is future-oriented hope. 

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

It Really Does Matter

I am inspired knowing that for every way that I may mess up a sermon, God will let something real come to the surface. I say this not to dismiss formation and
development, but rather to highlight that we, as ministers must take seriously the call to be better, for the world and for the people, but mostly for God. 

Sunday, May 28, 2017

What to Say When There is So Much to Say: Preaching in the Era of Trump

Pastors must let the Church’s deepest theological and ethical commitments guide what political talk they need to bring into their sermons—e.g., concerns for the most vulnerable in society, for peace with justice, for the equality of all human beings as God’s children, for the stewardship of God’s creation, for love of neighbor and enemy. 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Whittling Difficult Ideas Down to Size

Metaphor is a powerful tool for whittling difficult ideas down to size. By comparing what we do not understand with what we do understand, an apt metaphor can help us reach out and touch what feels distant, make familiar what was once obscure, give life to what seems dead, and give color to what was faded.

Monday, March 20, 2017

How Can We Reach Youth and Teens in Our Preaching?

How can we reach youth and teens? In my own young listener study, the most consistent response about how to connect in preaching was “Relate to me” with its correlated “And let me relate to you.” 

Friday, January 6, 2017

Help Arrives for a Common Preaching Problem

I started hacking my sermons with one particular piece of linguistic advice, and inviting my students to do so, too: Remove as many instances of “There is…”, “There are…”, “It is…”, etc. from the sermon and reconstruct them.  Simple as that.


Friday, October 28, 2016

Extremes Are Easy

Extremes Are Easy

A Poem and comments by W. Craig Gilliam 


Monday, October 17, 2016