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 .

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

Something That Will Save Me

What is one message found in the text this week that will save someone (or some group) who is struggling?

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

No Higher Privilege!

Preaching is the greatest honor bestowed upon a clergyperson. Preaching with faithfulness requires serious pondering, if not scholarly study of the Scripture to comprehend not just the words of the Bible, but instead requires one to live with passages of scripture for many hours.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Lectionary, Series, or . . . ?

I have two missions in mind on this topic: introducing the lectionary to those who only preach series and helping lectionary preachers consider another way. In other words, there are strengths and weaknesses associated with each.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

God Is Still Calling

To those experiencing a call to preach but having significant doubts, I wanted to encourage them to honor their own uniqueness and not to second guess God’s choices. 

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Communicating Hope In Times of Crisis

I’d love to be able to put the topic on the shelf to gather dust while peace and love abound. But crises are like wounds that never heal, the scab keeps getting ripped off and the cut made deeper with each successive act of violence.

Monday, July 18, 2016

A Response to the Violence in Falcon Heights, Baton Rouge, and Dallas

Preachers have too often been comfortable letting unjust wars, all kinds of oppression, economic disparity, presidential candidates feeding on and fostering fear and hatred, terrorist attacks, and the like go unaddressed while preaching instead on the habits of a successful Christian...

Friday, July 8, 2016

Relating Faith to Life

My passion for preaching is that one’s faith should be related to life, to what is happening in the world. Faith is lived out not only in an interpersonal context but also in the context of larger issues, such as terrorism, natural disasters, untimely deaths, debilitating diseases, political realities, tragedy, and other aspects of our common life on this planet. 

Monday, June 27, 2016