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Dennis R. Edwards on 1 Peter and Good Shepherd Sunday
For lectionary Year A, Good Shepherd Sunday, the fourth Sunday of Easter, includes a reading from 1 Peter. New Testament scholar Dennis R. Edwards explains why Peter’s first letter is especially relevant as people deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Conversation | April 14, 2020
Preachers Need Friends, Too
The peer cohort is a place for preachers to strengthen their skills in real time while building intentional friendships.
Reflection | February 04, 2020
Final Exams Every Week: Life with a Peer Learning Group
Peer learning groups promote faithful endurance and mutual encouragement in the face of what makes the preaching life challenging.
Reflection | January 06, 2020
Mandy Smith on The Vulnerable Pastor
Christian leaders, especially pastors, sometimes feel bad about the gap between their ideal of Christlike ministry and the reality. Pastor Mandy Smith explains that honestly accepting vulnerabilities and human limitations makes room for God’s strength to be revealed in people and congregations.
Conversation | November 05, 2019
Anthony L. Bennett on Engaging Trauma in Sermons
Many urban pastors deal with trauma. Some preach without benefit of pay or formal training. This Baptist church gathered its associate ministers monthly to learn about trauma and exegete Scripture to engage people hungry for healing and justice.
Conversation | October 30, 2019
From Colleagues to Companions: Unexpected Fruits of a Peer Learning Group
What do you get when you put a diverse group of clergy around a table once a month? More beauty than you might expect.
Reflection | August 28, 2019
Closing Communion Worship: The Ascension
Closing Communion Worship on Acts 1:1-11: The Ascension at the 2018 Worship Symposium.
Video | June 19, 2019
Frank Thomas on the Power of African-American Preaching
“How is it that you can take a group of people who are in despair and when you get finished preaching the gospel, they have hope?” This question sent Frank Thomas down a path that led him nearly forty years later to create the first PhD program in African-American preaching.
Conversation | April 10, 2019
Five Things I Love about My Preaching Peer Group
A young pastor calls his preaching peer group “a funeral and a pep rally in the same ninety minutes.” Find out why.
Reflection | February 06, 2019
Amanda Benckhuysen on Preaching from the Minor Prophets
Most congregations have never heard a sermon preached from the prophetic books of Nahum or Obadiah. Other than a few choice passages in Jeremiah or Isaiah, the major prophets are mainly ignored too. That means worshipers are missing out on more than a quarter of inspired Scripture.
Conversation | December 12, 2018
John McClure on How Liturgical Practices Can Shape Conversations in a Pluralistic World
Christian liturgical practices—confession, intercession, and preaching—contain wisdom that can bring compassion and consensus to public conversations around contentious moral issues.
Conversation | December 04, 2018
Duane Kelderman on the Challenge of Preaching in a Fragile Europe
A Dominican preaching colloquium addresses the challenge of preaching in contemporary Europe, where secularism, individualism, and a lack of cultural consensus have given rise to fear, division, and xenophobia.
Conversation | November 16, 2018
What I Learned through Preaching Partnerships
Fred Provencher has participated in two preaching peer groups in his twenty-plus years of ministry. Read his reflections along with his advice for younger preachers.
Reflection | October 02, 2018
The Role of a Peer Learning Group in My Preaching Journey
God’s message of inclusiveness reaches past the walls that divide us, says Deborah Jungmi Kang, a Korean pastor serving a largely Anglo-American church in Illinois. As Kang develops her preaching voice, a peer learning group provides support.
Reflection | October 02, 2018
Ernest Brooks on Inspiring Young People to Become Preachers
The Academy of Preachers identifies promising young preachers from all Christian backgrounds and brings them together to explore and develop their preaching gifts.
Conversation | September 19, 2018
Yes, And . . .
Experiencing pastoral burnout, Denise Luper began a yearlong leave of absence soon after joining a peer preaching and learning group. The peer group became an important part of her healing process.
Reflection | September 17, 2018
A Community That Affirms
A peer preaching group changed the course of a student’s seminary journey—and her ministry path.
Reflection | September 14, 2018