In this documentary “A Will to Preach,” join me as I move through the process of preparing to preach at a church in Salisbury, NC. Included on that webpage is an interview I did in February at Buncombe United Methodist Church in Greenville, SC. Hope you enjoy!
I hope you enjoy this interview Stanley Hauerwas and I did for our friends over at The Christian Century.
“Woundedness is the predictable price we pay for being sent on outrageous assignments by Jesus.”
Here’s a video titled “After Church History: Can Canadian Christians Evangelize?” I join my friend Rev. Dr. Jason Byassee, who’s on the faculty at Vancouver School of Theology. We talk about a “post-colonial, post-imperialist, unapologetic apology for Christian witness today.” Enjoy!
I’ve enjoyed your response to my two sermons that I posted last week. It’s fun to see the comparisons that you have made. This week, I thought it might be fun for me to share with you the sermon I preached Sunday at First Baptist, Asheville and have you share your feedback with me and others.
Using the assigned lectionary Gospel for this Sunday, I preached on the church as a place for telling the truth. What’s your response to my sermon attempt? Post your responses and let’s have a conversation about preaching as truth-telling.
Friends: No preacher preaches the same sermon twice. Different contexts make for different sermons. A preacher keeps working with a biblical text and the text works with the preacher so the second time around, the sermon will be different. I preached this sermon, in a studio, a couple of months ago for Jim Somerville’s A Sermon Every Sunday. You can read the manuscript here.
Then, I preached a sermon on the same text on July 4 at First Baptist Asheville. I thought some of you might like to see how that sermon kept changing and how a different context helped to produce a somewhat different sermon.
How did the two sermons differ, and if they did, how do you think the context informed those differences?
I had the opportunity to sit down with Yonat Shimron from Religion News Service to keep talking about preaching in reference to the SCETV documentary released earlier this year. Let me know what you think!
I hope you’ll enjoy my first of a series of sermons at First Baptist Church in Asheville, NC!
The Coastal Carolina Presbytery is using my book, Fear of the Other: No Fear in Love to think together (which Presbyterians do so well!) about how to be more welcoming congregations. Here’s the sermon I preached for them on “Welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you.”
My friend and former student, Mack Dennis, is taking a sabbatical this summer and has invited me to preach for the next four Sundays at First Baptist Church, Asheville, NC. Join us this Sunday morning at 10:00am if you are in the area when I’m preaching on Mark 4:35-41 “Jesus Cares – But Not Always as We Expect.”
You can join online at First Baptist Church Asheville this Sunday by following this link.
Visit the church website for more information about the Festival of Regathering worship schedule and watch the live streamed service at Worship This Week, along with the bulletin, hymns, etc. on the church website. If you’re not in the Asheville area, you can watch the services later at the Worship Links page.