Preaching in the Moment (Aug/Sept/Oct 2008)

In This Issue

Preaching as the Spirit Moves

Preaching as the Spirit Moves

By
Luke A. Powery
Throughout the history of the church, preachers have used epiclesis, the invocation of the Holy Spirit, as a clear sign that the spoken word is impotent without the blessing of…
Preaching to Contemporary Culture

Preaching to Contemporary Culture

By
Mark Beeson
Every morning we wake up, it's 2008. We can wish it was 1952. We may long for the good old days. But like it or not, God has ordained that our preaching will be leveraged against…
Politics and the Pulpit: Preaching at the Intersection of Church and State

Politics and the Pulpit: Preaching at the Intersection of Church and State

By
H. Stephen Shoemaker
As I write these words, Jeremiah Wright, the former pastor of Barack Obama and fiery prophetic preacher of Trinity United Church of Christ, Chicago, is front page news across the…
Using The Web For Sermon Preparation

Using The Web For Sermon Preparation

By
Brett Blair
I remember sitting in front of  a little Macintosh computer in the parsonage office, a small 900 square foot dwelling in rural Tennessee, trying to figure out what to preach. …
A Good Friday Orientation: Preaching in the Aftermath of Tragedy

A Good Friday Orientation: Preaching in the Aftermath of Tragedy

By
Reggie Tuck
On April 16, 2007, thirty-three lives were violently lost on the campus of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, where as I serve as a United Methodist pastor. That Monday was…
Ministering to People in Crisis: Don't Just Stand There!

Ministering to People in Crisis: Don't Just Stand There!

By
Evon O. Flesberg
What do you say or do when people's lives are falling apart? Feeling put on the spot may be uncomfortable, but as clergy and leaders, it is our role to have words and actions…
Lectionary vs. Sermon Series: Does it have to be one or the other?

Lectionary vs. Sermon Series: Does it have to be one or the other?

By
Bill Barnes
For a minute I thought I would have to run for the portable defibrillator! LeeAnn Inman, who had just recently joined our staff as the Minister of Spiritual Formation, looked like …
Preaching out of Pain

Preaching out of Pain

By
J. Howard Olds
Renowned author Henri Nouwen used the book In Memoriam to tell the story of his mother's death and his consuming grief. Somebody asked Nouwen, “Why do you do this? Why are…
The Burning Bush behind the Pulpit: Preaching through Self-Doubt

The Burning Bush behind the Pulpit: Preaching through Self-Doubt

By
William E. Butler
Preaching is a unique discipline that can be shaped or fashioned in the context of one's personality and rhetorical ability. No matter how gifted one is in delivering the word of…
Shopping for the Glory of God

Shopping for the Glory of God

By
Marti Zimmerman
Updated with a printable sheet of wallet cards—see download below! Soon Christmas inventory will fill store shelves. Long before Halloween or Election Day, holiday shopping …