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Virtual Book Event: Sermons that Sing
How can the art of music inform the practice of preaching? In what ways might preachers profitably draw upon musical instincts as they seek to spiritually form worshipers through the ministry of preaching? Join us as we reflect on these questions in celebration of Noel Snyder’s new book, "Sermons that Sing."
Book Excerpt | October 25, 2021
Karen Roberts on Moving from Inclusion to Belonging
First Presbyterian Church in Aurora, Illinois, is on a journey from being a congregation that includes people with disabilities to becoming a place where people of all abilities belong. A sermon series on the ten dimensions of belonging helped them take another step.
Conversation | June 21, 2021
Sermon Series and Study Guide on Belonging for All Abilities
Your church can use new resources, such as a sermon series and study guide, to help your congregation move from including people with disabilities to becoming a place of belonging for all abilities. Then you can pass on what you've learned to other congregations.
Article | June 21, 2021
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
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
Transforming Sermon Communication
A Practical Guide to Making Changes That Make a Difference.
Video | February 24, 2015
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