Sermon briefs highlight texts from Exodus

August 5, 1990The Passover: Remembrance and Hope(Exodus 12:1-14)Sometimes actions do speak louder than words! The Jewish passover spoke volumes about the faith of the Israelite people. Rather than entrusting it...

Sermon briefs suggest outlines, illustrations

June 3, 1990Now Concerning Spiritual Gifts(1 Corinthians 12:1-11)Celebrations are important. Birthdays. Graduations. Weddings. Anniversaries. Each plays an important part in our family life. But you can't live ...

Sermon briefs feature Lenten, Easter texts

April 1, 1990Something Worse Than Death(John 11:1-45)In November 1988, I was asked to preach a person's funeral service who had never been involved in the church. He had, however, family members scattered throu...

Sermon briefs include Lenten texts

February 4, 1990Salt and Light(Matthew 5:13-16)When we speak of the Sermon on the Mount, many folks think specifically of the Beatitudes. In those tremendous verses, Jesus provides a charter for the Kingdom lif...

Sermon briefs deal with Advent texts

December 3, 1989 (Advent I)True to the Vision(Isaiah 2:1-5)Fred Craddock, Professor of Preaching at the Candler School of Theology, has been heard to say that the longest trip he ever took was from his head to ...

Sermon briefs highlight texts in Luke’s gospel

October 1, 1989What Do We Need for Faith?(Luke 16:19-31)There are plenty of laws "on the books." If we were to visit the great law libraries of the world we would be overwhelmed by the number of volumes of laws...

Sermon briefs offer helpful ideas

August 6, 1989Christ Changes Life(Colossians 3:1-11)The Christian gospel is a story of changes. The cross is transformed from an emblem of shame to a symbol of glory. Easter Sunday is the reality of a change fr...

Sermon briefs offer ideas for preaching

June 4, 1989Worship: Priority, Place, and People(1 Kings 8:22-26, 41-43)One of Solomon's major accomplishments was the building of the Temple in Jerusalem. The words in 1 Kings 8:23-24, 41-43 were spoken by Sol...

Sermon briefs offer ideas, illustrations

April 2, 1989Oh to Be a Witness!(Acts 5:27-32)One of the churches I pastored in the suburbs of Chicago came under a half-million-dollar law suit. Two weeks of driving downtown to the Federal Court building, a s...

Outlines offer ideas for sermon starters

January 8, 1989The Dynamic of Life(Acts 8:14-17)The Jewish church in Jerusalem heard of a Samaritan revival breaking out. They quickly dispatched Peter and John as a committee of two to investigate, leding us t...