Tantalus, the Search for Perfection, and Grace

Tantalus, the Search for Perfection, and Grace

My education in preaching aligns with the tradition of excellence in manuscripts.  It is the tradition of the crafted phrase and the choice of the perfect word at the perfect time.  It is the tradition which includes Fosdick, Buttrick, and Claypool.  After using an...
It’s Not Just A Sermon

It’s Not Just A Sermon

Most ministers, particularly those who have studied to be pastors, took at least one course in seminary on preaching.  That class time covered using the Bible, sermon structure, and delivery.  A few hours of these classes also discussed how to plan...
Leading with the Good News

Leading with the Good News

Congregational leaders use a variety of frameworks, processes, and tools in their work of guiding, shaping, and nurturing churches. Among others, I’ve gratefully used appreciative inquiry, family systems theory, adaptive leadership, and a variety of...

A New Coaching Program to Assist Ministers in Preaching

The Center for Healthy Churches announces a new program, beginning May 1, that matches ministers who preach with preaching coaches – experienced preachers and teachers of preaching.  Each of these preaching coaches has special training in this field. CHC coaches...
Preaching from the Purple Pulpit

Preaching from the Purple Pulpit

Except in very rare cases, there is always a bit of tension between a pastor and his/her congregation when it comes to preaching, especially prophetic preaching. We all know a few congregations where a liberal pastor and liberal congregation seem to be perfectly...

How to ruin a sermon

Healthy churches are marked by engaging worship. Engaging worship is nearly always marked by excellent preaching.  Good preaching comes in a myriad of forms in a multitude of settings. Don’t let anyone fool you: there is no one way to preach a sermon, as the diversity...