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 .

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

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