Preaching is like boxing. Using different moves, statements and arguments, the preacher is attempting to spar with the congregation, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. Read more

Ordained Ministry

These days our church is caught in a great struggle regarding our identity. Can we have enough faith to preserve what is good about Methodism, much as Jeremiah bought farmland to rebuild after Israel's conquest? Read more

Ordained Ministry

True gospel preaching lifts up the authentic reality that Jesus saves us from our sins, both individual and systemic, both oppressed and oppressor, writes the Rev. Morgan Guyton. Read more

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A "preacher's smorgasbord" of scriptures for June 30 gives a plethora of options for those moving to new assignments and those who want to celebrate love of country. Read more

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Jesus wasn't about bringing people "in" to form an organization, but challenging them to go out into the world to teach and preach, heal and love, writes the Rev. John Fanestil. Read more

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Though suffering may await us because of our witness, we rejoice in the opportunity to share our faith in Christ, writes the Rev. Bill Steward Read more

Ordained Ministry

Jesus didn't come for a ministry of preaching; he came to proclaim God's good news, and that's what the church needs to do, says the Rev. Jason Valendy. Read more

Ordained Ministry

Though the church may seem to be polarized by politics, there is one reality that never changes for the preacher in the pulpit: the pews are full of broken hearts, writes the Rev. Billy Cox. Read more

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God has given each preacher a unique perspective on the faith that needs to be proclaimed without fear, says the Rev. Jason Valendy. Read more

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Wearing a clerical robe is a visible reminder that a preacher, like Martin Luther King Jr., not only speaks God's words from the Bible but speaks for God, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. Read more


Preaching and local church worship can too often fall into the pit of predictability, like the New England Patriots going to the Super Bowl again, writes the Rev. Jim Parsons. Read more

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Distinguished professor of preaching Dr. Alyce McKenzie urges Christian preachers to confront without equivocation the evil of racism abroad in America. Read more

Ordained Ministry

In a month of significant anniversaries, the Rev. Jim Parsons reflects on pastors and preachers discovering the unique gifts they bring to sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ. Read more

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A preaching institute inspires the Rev. Jim Parsons to take a poetic look at the path of his sacred vocation. Read more

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The Rev. Jim Parsons believes it's necessary, even urgent, to preach about current events – but not to the exclusion of preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ, which is counter-cultural and speaks naturally against evil. Read more

Ordained Ministry

As a first-time observer, the Rev. Jason Valendy finds the rushed pace of the 2016 General Conference doesn't allow the spiritual wisdom to great preaching to sink into the delegates' actions. Read more

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Think preaching is a breeze for your pastor? Then check out the inner thoughts of the Rev. Jim Parsons as he's in the pulpit. Read more

Local Church

Preaching Is Pointless Unless It's Political

The Rev. Wes Magruder explores why it's important for preachers to speak to today's issues -- including the Affordable Care Act -- through a gospel lens. Read more

Jun 29, 2012 3:20 PM Wes Magruder 1 Comments