Come on, preacher, stand up and preach

Come on, preacher, preach.Don't coddle me, don't just stroke me beyond credibility, don't insult me by thinking I'm stupid. Don't try to pass off as the message from on high cheap, unprepared remarks. Don't jus...

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...

Awake O Thou That Sleepest!

I love gospel lecture films. The cameras play the audience, who are eager, smiling in rapt attention, waiting for the glorious gospel truths that are funny and sad, tearful but joyous beyond belief.Each of my "...

Chrysostom: Golden Mouth, Practical Message

How does a preacher speak to a society that is possessed by materialism and self-indulgence, riddled with political corruption and a resulting disrespect for the law? If that sounds like a situation faced by Am...

Little Things Make Difference to Laity

During the past 30 years, I've been a member of ten churches in the United States and five foreign countries. Sharp theological debates may appear at times to separate the denominational hierarchy, but on the c...

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...

The Triple Brain Test of a Sermon

When you stand to preach, what happens? Are all your parishioners docile receivers waiting with open hearts? Is all resistance melted? Does all indifference and hostility evaporate when the congregation enters ...