Creative and Imaginative Preaching

By Thomas H. Troeger
An imaginative preacher can take a biblical text and create a sermon that sets the Word of God singing and dancing in our hearts, empowering us to live the gospel more… read more

Stick it in Your Ear!

By J. Neil Alexander
Someone once attributed to Martin Luther the delightful quip, “Christianity is a Word and someone has to stick it in your ear!” I’ve searched a fair cross… read more

Irresponsible Preaching

By Robert Reid and Lucy Lind Hogan
Bob remembers clearly the moment during his pastor’s sermon on the evils of gambling when the preacher stepped over the line. The preacher was earnest and clearly well… read more

3 Reasons to Preach the Epistles

By Thomas G. Long
Preachers sometime shy away from preaching on the letters of the New Testament. There are a number of reasons why this is so. The lectionary tilts toward the… read more

Plagiarism and Preaching

By Richard C. Stern
We're often asked at Ministry Matters whether credit needs to be given for materials used. The short answer is "no" for things that are intended for use in worship, like sermon… read more

Bridging the Ideal and Reality of Sermon Preparation

By Michael C. Voigts
When asked about the general method of preaching, John Wesley replied, “To invite, to convince, to offer Christ, to build up; and to do this in some measure in every… read more
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