Into Temptation

David Lose Dear Working Preacher, In recent weeks we’ve been working together on helping our people take the biblical stories with them as they leave church, offering these stories as lenses by which to make sense of their lives in God’s world. This week offers an excellent chance to continue down this path. Rarely, in … Continue reading “Into Temptation”

The Preacher and the Library

Fred Gaiser “How shall they hear,” Paul wonders, “without a preacher?” (Romans 10:14 KJV). And I might add, how can we preach without reading? There is no “word” without words, and words must be fed and nourished and replenished through reading. True, oral tradition served for millennia, and it still has its place (“Jesus loves … Continue reading “The Preacher and the Library”

Preaching That Flows

Jacob Myers “He who controls the pace, controls the victory.” Scrawled on a whiteboard in his office, we find Frank Campana’s training philosophy. Frank is a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) coach of some renown for his unorthodox training methods. Rather than employing the typical cadre of cacophonous heavy metal or rap beats to train his … Continue reading “Preaching That Flows”

Preacher or False Prophet?

Christian Piatt My first job in a church was as a music minister. I loved the senior pastor I served with, as did the congregation we faced every Sunday morning. He taught me a lot about worship, preaching and how to connect with people. One time we were at lunch, reflecting on the previous week’s … Continue reading “Preacher or False Prophet?”

Rhetorical Apps

Susan Hedahl Welcome to the Sermonic Rhetorical Apps Shop!  Why visit? Two of the most famous early preachers of the Church — Augustine in the West and Chrysostom in the East — preached sermons that used a wide array of effective rhetorical apps. Rhetoric is the study of persuasive speech techniques. For millennia rhetoricians have … Continue reading “Rhetorical Apps”