Prayer of Confession for Trump Enabling Pastors Dear Fellow Evangelical Pastors: As increasing numbers of Trump’s buddies jump his sinking ship, I’m sure that his evangelical allies are afflicted with buyer’s remorse. Even though many of you are in churches that don’t have prayers of corporate confession, we all know that confession is good forContinue reading “A Post-Election Call for Confession”
Preachers Dare is a book that grew out of the Beecher Lectures I was scheduled to give this fall at Yale Divinity School. Drawing on my decades of preaching thousands of sermons, it’s a theology of preaching that begins at Barth’s maxim Deus Dixit, God speaks. For the next couple weeks, I’ll be running aContinue reading “Preachers Dare: Excerpt I”
Next month, on election day, Paraclete Press will republish my first “church book” The Gospel for the Person Who Has Everything. I put this book together upon arriving at Duke (the first time), having served a couple years in my first South Carolina appointment. You can preorder it from Amazon here. Here’s the preface IContinue reading “Evangelism: The Old-Fashioned, Wesleyan Way (In Contemporary Idiom)”
I appeared yesterday on a panel hosted by my fellow Wofford Terrier Rev. Lisa Yebuah with Rev. Dr. Jevon Caldwell-Gross of St. Luke’s UMC in Indianapolis, Indiana and Bishop Gregory Palmer of the West Ohio Conference. Entitled “Courage and Compassion: Preaching a Prophetic Message,” we hoped to provide preachers with the encouragement they need to continueContinue reading “Courage and Compassion: Preaching a Prophetic Message”
The Lewis Center for Christian Leadership invited me on their Leading Ideas podcast where I spoke with Douglas Powe about my recent book Leading with the Sermon. We talked about how important truth telling is to preaching and why preachers must be leaders and managers among other things. You can listen here or wherever youContinue reading “Pulpit Leadership”
A reminder: tonight at 7pm on Zoom Dr. David Goatley and I will be hosting the second of our three free webinars we’re calling Confronting Racism Through Preaching: A Conversation. For this one, we’ll be joined Rev. Michael A. Walrond, Jr. who is the senior pastor of First Corinthian Baptist Church, a large congregation in Harlem, NY, andContinue reading “Confronting Racism”
Here’s a sermon some friends and I put together.
A reminder: tonight at 7pm on Zoom Dr. David Goatley and I will be hosting a free webinar we’re calling Confronting Racism Through Preaching: A Conversation. We’ll be talking about what preachers, especially those preaching to white congregations, can do to help their congregations to recognize and heal from the sin of white supremacy.
A nice complement to the Confronting Racism Through Preaching series I’m doing with David Goatley (starting Tuesday September 29 at 7pm, more details at the link) would be Lisa Cressman’s Preaching Challenging Messages So They’re Heard webinar. Coming out of her new book The Gospel People Don’t Want to Hear: Preaching Challenging Messages in theContinue reading “Preaching Challenging Messages So They’re Heard”
Racism is an ever-present problem around the world, in North America, and in the United States. Addressing its historical, contemporary, and future injury requires a credible and compelling witness of the Church. Essential to this work is preaching that confronts racism. My friend David Emmanuel Goatley director of the Office of Black Church Studies and IContinue reading “Confronting Racism Through Preaching: A Conversation”