Some average thoughts to begin 1987

While browsing at the sale table of a local book store, I came across a delightful book entitled American Averages by Mike Feinsilber and William B. Mead (Dolphin Books, 1980).The authors describe it as sort of...

The Dress of Thought

The preacher of Ecclesiastes waits until the conclusion to write down his credentials: "Not only was the Teacher wise," he says with unsettling candor, "but also he imparted knowledge to the people. He pondered...

Funerals: The Healing Begins

Tens of Thousands of times each year Christian funerals are conducted. Many of these are officiated by well-meaning but less than well-prepared clergymen who have to add yet another activity to an already burge...

Leslie Weatherhead: Surgeon of the Soul

He was born in London on October 14, 1893. When he first began to preach, at the age of 17, he was so nervous that he twisted off the cord around the cushion on the pulpit desk. His text was: "Come unto me, all...

Preaching the hymnal

The Christmas season renews our acquaintance with some of the precious songs of the faith, like "O Little Town of Bethlehem." Too few preachers are aware that this favorite carol was written by Phillips Brooks,...