Many traditions and cultures in and through which the Church has found its liveliness - growing tree-like in different climates and biomes - celebrate…
Julia Foote and the Geography of Witness
What do you know of Zanesville, Ohio? History buffs might enjoy its distinct Y-shaped bridge or explore its history as part of the Underground…
Phoebe Palmer and the Day of Days
A while back, a well-known pastor made remarks about a female pastor that were distasteful and offensive. While respecting the pastor's different viewpoint knowing…
The Cost of Preaching Pastorally & Prophetically
If we are guided by Scripture, the content of our preaching will always have aspects of the pastoral and the prophetic.
Preaching in Times of Upheaval
Knowing that your preaching is limited in possible impact, don’t see proclamation as your primary witness.
Suzanne Nicholson ~ Checking Your Blind Spots: Preaching in the Gaps
Preachers tend to have favorite passages and topics for preaching and teaching. If you don’t preach from the Revised Common Lectionary each week, it can be easy to fall into predictable patterns that limit your congregation’s exposure to the full range of God’s Word. We all have blind spots, and it’s worth asking where we might be missing the opportunity to address a pressing need.
Brian Yeich ~ Where Is Your Zeal Focused? Lessons from Francis Asbury
“Asbury’s zeal for God and his commitment to preach and teach the gospel is now legendary, but it was never meant to be extraordinary – it was meant to be the ordinary work of everyday Methodists.”
Karen Bates ~ Egg Salad and Easter Sunday: Preaching the Messiness of Hope
I wondered how hungry the man was to steal an egg salad sandwich from a convenience store. I also wondered how he would have reacted to the customer’s kindness. He left without knowing his debt was paid. He was free to go. The food belonged to him.
Andy Stoddard ~ Preaching for the Long Haul: How to Find Your Voice
My first appointment out of seminary was the hardest appointment that I’ve ever had. It wasn’t because the people were hard to pastor: they…
Wesleyan Accent ~ Tune In: New Room Livestream
This week, on your lunch break or between meetings, while you're folding laundry or recuperating from surgery, the must-see experience is the New Room…