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Mar. 26, 2020

How to Preach Relevant Sermons (hint: relevance is not what you think)

Learn how to preach to your listeners in an authentic and meaningful way.
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Mar. 12, 2020

Authentic preaching: three ways to ensure your sermons aren’t faking Good News

Revive these spiritual practices to connect with God and bring authentic joy to your preaching.
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Feb. 27, 2020

Three Tips to Ensure Your Sermon Offers a Clear Message of Good News

Many preachers struggle to craft a clear message that also focuses enough on God. Use these strategies to start doing both.
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Sep. 09, 2019

10 ways to make your sermon more memorable

“Doing something” with new information helps people remember better. Discover 10 ways to preach more memorable sermons by inviting action and staying confident in the gospel.
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Aug. 29, 2019

Walter Brueggemann on Preaching

Reflections on preaching from a beloved scholar and theologian
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Aug. 09, 2019

Working Preacher

Text analysis and podcasts for lectionary preachers
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Sep. 18, 2018

How Our Failure to Address the “M” Word Damages More Than Budgets

In many churches about this time of year, stewardship teams kick into high gear composing stewardship communications. Pastors also start to search the internet for stewardship sermon ideas and illustrations. Well, I hope today’s post might help inform both those activities. In it, the Reverend Lisa Cressman suggests that avoiding money-talk hurts more than our budgets. Indeed, she argues that
Jun. 14, 2011

First-rate resources for working preachers

WorkingPreacher.org is a first-rate (and free) preaching resource produced by Luther Seminary’s Center for Biblical Preaching. Since its 2007 launch, WorkingPreacher.org has featured contributions from more than 270 authors representing at least a dozen different Christian traditions. Here’s what’s on tap every week: Commentaries on the Revised Common Lectionary texts by Bible and preaching scholars Sermon Brainwave podcast — informal
Apr. 01, 2011

The woman at the well

It’s about time that people really read this text (John 4:5-42), rather than simply projecting onto it their fears about immorality. David Lose has a great reflection on it up at the Huffington Post. Here’s an excerpt: “Why? Because Jesus has ‘seen’ her. He has seen her plight — of dependence, not immorality. He has recognized her, spoken with her,