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A Thank You Note to Kendrick Lamar

Andrew Wilkes | Posted 03.19.2015 | Religion
Andrew Wilkes

After listening to TPAB, I feel stirred into good works. I feel compelled to apologize for all of the unedited sermons, uninspired exhortations, and unthoughtful utterances I've shared in over fifteen years of ministry with words.

When It Came Time to Deny Myself

Zachary K. Pearce | Posted 03.18.2015 | Religion
Zachary K. Pearce

Indeed, I had to deny myself my earthly desires, my earthly wants, and take up the "Preaching Elder Cross" and follow Jesus, whom I had already loved, and who wished to call me to this service using the spiritual gifts he gave me.

My President, My Preacher

Rev. Dr. H. Beecher Hicks, Jr. | Posted 03.16.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. H. Beecher Hicks, Jr.

On Saturday in Selma, we heard something we had never heard before. Something new had been added to the president's speech. This unlicensed, un-ordained preacher/president spoke words that returned us again to faith in God, faith in America and faith in ourselves.

Dear White Preachers, Take Off Your Prophet's Mantel

Rachel G. Hackenberg | Posted 02.18.2015 | Religion
Rachel G. Hackenberg

Wondering what story to tell when you preach on race? Tell the story of how your congregation came to be predominantly white in the first place.

The Sermon Isn't Everything

Rev. Peg Nowling Williams | Posted 10.14.2014 | Religion
Rev. Peg Nowling Williams

We both wept. As we listened to this young woman sing "Give Me Jesus" with such emotion, we wept. She ministered to us in a way that no sermon, no words could have. A year later, I remember clearly "Give Me Jesus."

Good News?

Richard Brand | Posted 10.04.2014 | Religion
Richard Brand

Somehow the preaching of the "good news" has become the blasting of negative messages. The most common of those negative news is the preaching that urges us to go out and do better, to work harder, to do more.

A Word on Jamal Bryant: the Loyalty in and Purpose of Preaching

Alisha L. Gordon | Posted 08.05.2014 | Religion
Alisha L. Gordon

Preaching isn't about shock value or personal agendas that get you on a Hip-Hop station's rumor report. It's not about trying to keep people bound to narrow-minded ideals, restrictive, oppressive practices, or a disjointed understanding of God rooted in your own insecurities and misplaced priorities.

Some Needed Changes

Richard Brand | Posted 08.11.2013 | Religion
Richard Brand

The Christian Church has blessed and become entangled in too many marginal issues. It has become the marketing agent for Hallmark cards, the blesser of wars and military actions, the cheerleader for patriotism and the endorser of all kinds of social policies.

Left of Black: Dr. Luke Powery Discusses Preaching, Death and Hope

Mark Anthony Neal | Posted 04.01.2013 | Black Voices
Mark Anthony Neal

Throughout his career, preacher and scholar Dr. Luke A Powery, has attempted to strike the right chord with regards to the reality of death and the responsibility of those in the pulpit.

Calling For Newtown Sermons, Prayers And Liturgy

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 02.19.2013 | Religion
Bruce Reyes-Chow

My friend, colleague and leader in the Presbyterian Church (USA), Landon Whitsitt, is collecting sermons, prayers and other liturgical resources. He will compile it and make it available for free via e-reader download.

Please Stop Trying To Convert Me

Remy M. Maisel | Posted 01.08.2013 | Religion
Remy M. Maisel

Whether it's be-suited men standing along College Avenue, a horrible gay conversion preacher screaming in front of the student union, or Campus Crusade for Christ actively trying to convert people who are just sitting around, the conversion campaign is nearly constant.

Learning to Speak:The Rhetorical Education of Bishop Henry McNeal Turner

Andre E. Johnson | Posted 12.24.2012 | Black Voices
Andre E. Johnson

While Turner benefited from both the storytelling and singing to help shape his oratory, it was primarily the oratorical style of black preaching that gave his rhetoric its power.

What the Bible Says - And Doesn't Say - About Women

David Lose | Posted 11.22.2012 | Religion
David Lose

This Sunday countless girls will be sitting in church listening to this passage. How many will hear it interpreted not as one more ideal they can't live up to but instead as a powerful voice that invites them to imagine that they have worth in and of themselves, that they can do anything they set their minds to.

God in Antigua

Robert Hoggard | Posted 09.05.2012 | College
Robert Hoggard

I am realizing that I should not preach something that I have not lived. God is making me live what I already preached and continue to preach.

Preach The Gospel At All Times?

Jamie Arpin-Ricci | Posted 08.31.2012 | Religion
Jamie Arpin-Ricci

St. Francis recognized that the Gospel was all consuming, the work of God to restore all of Creation unto Himself for His glory.

Saying 'Vagina' In The Pulpit

Rev. Wil Gafney, Ph.D. | Posted 08.22.2012 | Religion
Rev. Wil Gafney, Ph.D.

In the aftermath of the silencing of Rep. Brown, I confess that I took some delight in the many tweeple who took to the twitterverse to speculate on what if any euphemistic term would have been acceptable in lieu of the medically appropriate anatomical term, vagina.

'Extreme Couponing': Minister Preaches About Coupons

Posted 08.11.2012 | TV

"The Lord has given all of us all the resources we need to coupon," an Alabama minister said to her flock on "Extreme Couponing" (Mon., 10 p.m. ET on ...

Campus Preacher Uses "Lesbian" Line to Lure Converts

Uloop | Posted 07.08.2012 | College

Religion should be about a sense of wonder in the universe. Instilling that sense of amazement and beauty in our world is far more important than looking down on other people for being different.

Does God Prefer Longevity Over Quality Of Life?

Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs | Posted 06.02.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs

For Christians, this is one of the most important weeks of our liturgical calendar. This is the week that we should be contemplating what we never want to contemplate: death.

The Savior Santorum: The Rise of White Male Religious Elitism

Aaron Anson | Posted 04.28.2012 | Religion
Aaron Anson

Who are these religious elitists with the audacity to question the faith of others, based on their indoctrinated theology? These supposed leaders are waging battles outside the church they've not yet won inside the church.

BlackVoices Preach!: Ubuntu And Our Faith

Posted 04.06.2012 | Black Voices

This Sunday, we join Rev. William E. Flippin in learning about the African principle, Ubuntu. "The philosophy of Ubuntu derives from a Nguni word, ub...

BlackVoices Preach!: Why Does God Let Children Get Hurt?

Posted 12.12.2011 | Black Voices

Why does God allow children to get hurt and brutally killed? Alisha Gordon shares her pain and horror at the recent discovery of the body of Jorelys...

When Preachers Become False Prophets

Christian Piatt | Posted 02.01.2012 | Religion
Christian Piatt

Pastors should indeed celebrate the beauty, joy and miraculous mystery of life, but to focus on this while not tempering this with an acknowledgment of struggle, doubt and, yes, suffering, is to offer false prophecy.

Finding Our Inner Zombie

Carol Smaldino | Posted 12.21.2011 | Parents
Carol Smaldino

There is nothing funny about bullying, nothing funny about child suicide. And yet it's not merely humor but pretty full recognition of our less than friendly impulses, that can save us from the pent up kind.

Killing the Church by Denigrating the Immediacy of God

Eliot Daley | Posted 11.30.2011 | Religion
Eliot Daley

We are smothering God. And our church. We're engaged in an unholy combination of implicit theocide and communal suicide.