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!
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.”
I’ve known Anthony for a long time and have long enjoyed his work. Check out his joining my friends over at Crackers & Grape Juice, and he’s even got a quick blurb up on his own blog about how our paths crossed early on in ministry. Hope you enjoy!
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.
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!
Mark your calendars to tune in to SCETV on May 27, 2021 at 9:30EST to view a documentary on the preaching process thanks to Insight Films of Davidson, NC. You can learn more about the film and the night’s events here.