Listeners Dare on Crackers & Grape Juice

“The gospel is news that passes from the lips of one who has heard to the ears of one who has not yet heard, then (God willing) it burrows in the soul, energizing the hands in daring response to a word received. Preaching is instigated by an astounding claim: Good news; God has spoken toContinue reading “Listeners Dare on Crackers & Grape Juice”

Release of Listeners Dare: Hearing God in the Sermon

This month, Abindgon Press publishes my new book, Listeners Dare: Hearing God in the Sermon. It’s my attempt to think about preaching from the listener’s perspective and to give sermon listeners help in getting more out of sermons.  In five decades of preaching and teaching preaching, I’ve learned to respect preaching as a demanding practice for listeners. Listeners Dare is myContinue reading “Release of Listeners Dare: Hearing God in the Sermon”

“Preacher Lab” with Will Wold

I had the opportunity to join Rev. Will Wold on “Preacher Lab” last week to talk all things preaching: using Scripture, preaching length, the use of humor, and even “mic drop” endings. Thanks again for having me on. Hope you’ll listen and enjoy. You can listen to it on any podcast streaming service by searchingContinue reading ““Preacher Lab” with Will Wold”

In Memory of Archbishop Desmond Tutu

When the news of Bishop Tutu’s death reached me, my mind went back to 1986 when Bishop Tutu honored me and Duke Chapel by a visit. The regional TV was eager to broadcast. Trouble was, Bishop Tutu was delayed in Atlanta while meeting with Coretta Scott King and so we started the service that night,Continue reading “In Memory of Archbishop Desmond Tutu”