As Jesus, John the Baptist and M.L. King discovered, tell the truth, and that’s when the trouble starts, says the professor emeritus of preaching. Can the Christian witness make a dent in the culture of lies?
Preaching on John for nearly a year helped a congregation and its pastor enter deeply into the biblical narrative in a new way.
Less talk and more joy. Less explanation and more playfulness. Less selling and promoting and more embodying and expressing the sheer wonder and joy of our faith. This is what ministry is meant to be like, grounded in the laughter of God, a seminary professor says in this ordination sermon.
Social media is helping us see that the Holy Spirit is much more unpredictable, subversive and playful than the church would usually like it to be, says the vicar of St Martin-in-the-Fields in London in this sermon.
Following Jesus entails some risk. It means signing on to some values that push deeply against the culture, says the dean of Washington National Cathedral.
The day of your baptism is the loveliest day of your life, a Durham pastor says. It is the day you get a new family called church.
Mundane, ordinary acts of living defy that which would entomb us, says the executive director of the Massachusetts Council of Churches in a sermon preached the Sunday after the Boston Marathon bombing.
The church emphasizes Lent as a time of penitence and self-reflection because it has inherited from John the conviction that perceiving the in-breaking of the kingdom in the midst of the ordinary is foundational to its proclamation of the gospel.
After helping a woman step back from the brink of suicide, a pastor realizes that it was his own journey in grief that had prepared him to offer her the path to redemption.