Minstrel or Messenger

In recent years I have, on several occasions, heard people discuss where they were when they heard about President Kennedy's assassination. One thing I haven't heard discussed is who they first heard the news f...

The Lord’s Supper: A Special Time

There was a special time in the life of the early church -- a time when they gathered together to celebrate the presence of Christ in their lives as they broke bread and shared the cup. It can also be a special time in the life of churches today.

Giving Thanks

This Thanksgiving reflection takes a look at the when, the why, and the how of giving thanks to God.

Outlines feature Lenten, Easter themes

March 2The Limits of God(I Corinthians 10:1-13)It seems that spiritual pride was one of the major problems faced by the church at Corinth. Several times Paul has confronted these Corinthian Christians with this...

Preaching and the Power of the Word

In his book The Reformation of the Sixteenth Century, Roland Bainton includes a priceless story from the early days of Zwingli's ministry in Zurich. The year was 1519, and Zwingli's ministry in the city had rec...

The Privilege of Proclaiming Good News

The coming of the Christmas season is a reminder of the glory of being a preacher of the gospel.Those who stand in the Christian pulpit to proclaim the Word are part of a rich heritage that leads back to a Gali...

What Am I Doing Here Anyway?

"I get so frustrated. I stand before a handful of people Sunday after Sunday, telling them about spiritual things, when what they're really concerned about is what they'll be doing at work Monday morning, or th...

Mark Offers Variety of Truths for Preaching

Beginning with this issue, Preaching will regularly include sermon ideas, outlines, illustrations and other helps related to the texts suggested in the Common Lectionary used by pastors in several denominations...

Putting First Things First

"For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel..." (I Corinthians 1:17)No one could accuse Paul of having his priorities confused. Writing to his young brother in the faith Timothy (I Timothy ...