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The Love of God for All People and Creatures
2019 Calvin Symposium on Worship | Service of the Word
Worship Service | Video | February 21, 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
The Gospel of John in the Pulpit
This seminar explored the Gospel of John and offered cultural clues that help the gospel’s stories spring to life in new and unexpected ways.
Audio | April 23, 2018
Congregations and Sermons: A Biblical Scholar's Vision for Imaginative, Communal Sermon Listening
Most of us consider the Bible more than an anthology or a textual repository for the ancient Israelites' and early Christians' religious traditions.
Audio | July 06, 2017
Kathy Hanson on Youth Delivering Homilies
Usually teachers give the homily during daily worship at Mustard Seed School in Hoboken, New Jersey. When the school asked every eighth grader to give a homily, the results surprised and blessed the whole community.
Conversation | November 07, 2014
Growing in Grace: A four-week series to get your church education plans off to a great start
Another September rolls around. If you’re a typical worship and liturgy planner, you’re probably thinking, We really ought to highlight the beginning of another season of education. On the heels of that thought comes another: We need to commission our education leaders. Where do we find a liturgy for that?
Worship Service | August 13, 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
Planning Worship Series Ahead
Worship planned in series provides for a greater cumulative impact on the spiritual life of a congregation as a theme is continually reinforced.
Topic Showcase | September 01, 2011
An iPod because iPreach
The wealth of resources for busy preachers available through something like iTunes is a bit staggering. And you can find sermons there too.
Audio | February 18, 2011
Symposium 2011 - Someday You'll Be a Good Preacher
The journey to good preaching is as filled with twists and turns as a Rocky Mountain highway. Stan Mast is a veteran road warrior who shares hard-won insights into what it takes to become a good preacher. Special attention is paid to the sharp-tongued critics who can drive aspiring preachers off the road.
Audio | January 28, 2011
God at Work (Philippians 2)
A worship service outline on Philippians 2: 12-13
Worship Service | December 22, 2010
Matthew's Sermon on the Mount
This study of Matthew 5-7 investigated the main teachings of the whole sermon and their relation to us, the Church, and the world.
Audio | March 23, 2010
Worshiping the Trinity in Exile: The Prophetic Church with a Post-Era Mission
In a post-postmodern, high-tech, super-hyped, and anti-institutional world, how should we be Church and how should we be the Church at worship and in mission? How will our means match the ends so that worship is faithful to the Jesus of the cross?
Audio | March 23, 2010
In Other Words: A Conversation on Preaching
Sermons usually say in other words what Scripture says, and do in other words what Scripture does --assure, warn, encourage, inform, inspire--. But they say and do Scripture in a great many ways and they can sound very different from each other depending on the acoustics of time, place, and audience.
Audio | March 23, 2010
Preaching the Great Stories of Genesis
An absentee father with a son of blistering hate; a frightened man pimping his wife; a penniless mother left to die; a husband beaten down by his wily woman. The stories from Genesis read like last night's news.
Audio | March 22, 2010
Good Preaching Takes Good Elders
When preachers and churches talk about improving the quality of preaching, many approaches are considered, but one is frequently missing: the participation of elders. This workshop explores both the why and how questions of involving elders in supporting and encouraging preachers in their congregations.
Audio | January 01, 2009