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Engaging Sermons: Bringing the Bible to Life
How a preaching peer group helped an imaginative preacher reach new heights in her quest to create engaging sermons.
Reflection | August 06, 2018
Seeing from Other Viewpoints
Engaging deeply with peers and perspectives from outside your tradition is the best way to grow in your understanding of others and enrich your own view.
Reflection | July 30, 2018
From Isolation to Encirclement: Finding the Preaching Voice Among Peers
By preaching to trusted peers and hearing their reflections, even veteran pastors can find transformation in the practice of preaching.
Reflection | July 23, 2018
The Impact of Peer Learning Groups for the Preaching Life
The leader of preaching peer groups in northern Indiana and on Chicago’s South Side shares his insights about what makes these groups so effective.
Reflection | July 16, 2018
The Challenge of Preaching in Bilingual Communities
Preaching to peers in a homiletics cohort opened Antonio Almonte’s eyes to the differences in how listeners perceive his preaching in English versus Spanish. As a result, he adjusted his English-language preaching style.
Reflection | July 11, 2018
Four Learning Practices for Sermon Engagement
Learning practices have rich application for sermon engagement. Here are four easy-to-implement strategies to allow each sermon to be more formative in our daily lives.
Article | February 14, 2018
Your Brain on Arts
An Art Professor’s Insights on What Brain Science Is Telling Us About Creativity, Imagination and Congregational Life
Audio | August 24, 2016
What I Learned about Teaching Worship from a Chemistry Professor
"What’s a POGIL?” I asked, half-seriously, half-laughingly. My wife, Sheila, a chemistry instructor in a university was attending a conference for chemistry educators about a pedagogy growing in popularity in science classrooms around the United States. She explained that POGIL is a method for teaching both class content and important skills such as critical thinking and teamwork without using a lecture format.
Article | March 30, 2016
Understanding Your Congregation's Unique Worship Culture
Each local congregation has its own unique history, geographical and social location, demographic makeup, and mission.
Audio | March 02, 2016
What North American Churches Can Learn from the Church in Pakistan
Join this conversation between Eric Sarwar, a Presbyterian pastor from Pakistan, and Emily Brink, Worship Institute staff member, about how Pakistani worship practices can bless and inform the Christian church in North America.
Audio | February 23, 2015
The Wardrobe of Easter: Learning God’s Word
An essential aspect of the Christian life is listening to and obeying God's word.
Reflection | April 09, 2014
Show, Don't Tell: Keeping Sermons Vivid
Throughout the average week people talk about their lives and their families and their work through stories about whosaid what, how a certain event came about, and what something looked like and felt like when it happened. But too oftenon Sundays preachers present sermons that are short on vivid stories and long on description and the doling out of facts.In this workshop those who preach sermons and those who listen to sermons will explore both why vividness in sermons is vital and some ideas on how to make this happen in sermons as well.
Audio | March 04, 2014
What is Worship Renewal?
A summary of the meanings and implications of vital worship.
Article | September 23, 2013
How Do We Learn During Worship?
What do classrooms and worship services share, and what each can learn from the other?
Audio | January 28, 2011
Helping Children Understand the Psalms
The Psalms have been a great source of inspiration for generations of Christians but children seldom get the chance to interact with more than a handful of Psalms in a meaningful way. This workshop will explore how we can help children do this and why it matters.
Audio | January 01, 2009
What We Can Learn about Worship from Asaph the Psalmist
Asaph is hardly a household name, yet he has been impacting worshipers for 3,000 years. Twelve psalms are attributed to Asaph. Scripture reveals that Asaph was a man of integrity as well as a great artist. This workshop explored the man and his art to glean practical applications for us today.
Audio | January 01, 2007
Stories that Preach
This workshop discussed how contemporary short stories from writers such as Flannery O'Connor, Doris Betts, and Raymond Carver resonate with New Testament themes and how such stories might help preachers find ways to relate contemporary themes to their listeners.
Audio | January 01, 2007