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Is God Calling You to Help These Forgotten Neighbors?
Is God Calling You to Help These Forgotten Neighbors?

By: Paul Beasley-Murray
For those of us who are fit and well and who lead busy lives, it's all too easy to "pass by on the other side" of our elderly neighbors. Some are in nursing homes, others have lost spouses and friends. Many are alone.

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How Your Preaching Can Confront Racism - Part 2
How Your Preaching Can Confront Racism - Part 2

By: Stuart Blythe
Preaching against racism is prophetic, and the ones who can best deliver that courageous and disruptive message are pastors, who are invested in the life of a congregation and can make that message transformative.

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How Your Preaching Can Confront Racism - Part 1
How Your Preaching Can Confront Racism - Part 1

By: Stuart Blythe
William Willimon's latest book draws on his own Methodist tradition in order to honestly name racism as sin. And for a model of preaching in a way that confronts racism, he turns to Baptist pastor, Martin Luther King Jr.

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When Even Empathetic Churches Hit Their Limits
When Even Empathetic Churches Hit Their Limits

By: Jim Somerville
For three weeks after white nationalists rallied in Charlottesville, Virginia, I mentioned racism in my sermons and how we need to root it out of our hearts and out of our nation, but I may have pushed too hard.

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Sermon Stealing: It's More Common Than You Think
Sermon Stealing: It's More Common Than You Think

By: Tony Cartledge
Although many preachers prepare their own sermons, plagiarism has long been a common preacherly practice. Pastors and congregations must work together to ensure quality time for sermon preparation.

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Proving Your Beliefs Aren't Merely Empty Words
Proving Your Beliefs Aren't Merely Empty Words

By: Leanna K. Fuller
Churches can disagree on many things, but most of us agree that racism is fundamentally wrong. Saying nothing is both a mark of privilege and a sign of complicity. This is a time for moral courage.

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The Challenging Message of Lamentations
The Challenging Message of Lamentations

By: Paul Beasley-Murray
Lamentations 1 offers no remedy for the world's pain. It is a chapter of unalleviated woe, full of loss and suffering. And yet, this side of the cross, we inevitably link this chapter with the passion of Jesus.

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Discovering Truth While Wearing Cultural Lenses
Discovering Truth While Wearing Cultural Lenses

By: John Pierce
Honest students of the Bible are aware that they see through cultural lenses in pursuit of timeless truths. Being aware of cultural influences will allow you to distinguish between the divine and cultural assumptions.

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King's Insights Can Help Christians Confront Injustice
King's Insights Can Help Christians Confront Injustice

By: Ferrell Foster
Martin Luther King Jr. understood the relationship between love and justice. Today, we can build on the same practical and theological foundations upon which he built his life.

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What Kind of Love Can Redeem Hatred?
What Kind of Love Can Redeem Hatred?

By: James Gordon
We live in a world of hate. One of hate's most dangerous features is its capacity to reproduce itself, often in the victims of hate-inspired violence. What kind of love does it take to redeem hate?

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How Your Preaching May Be Like a Mock Reality Show
How Your Preaching May Be Like a Mock Reality Show

By: Stephen Holmes
A good sermon does what the text does. Like a mock reality TV show, bad preaching merely describes how the text did its work. Follow the first rule of good storytelling: Show, don't tell.

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How TED Talks Differ from Your Pastor's Sermon
How TED Talks Differ from Your Pastor's Sermon

By: Stephen Holmes
TED talks and sermons differ in one key area. Preachers need to remember that the sermon should never be about proposing new ideas, but about changing hearts and attitudes.

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7 Lessons to Observe As You Prepare to Preach
7 Lessons to Observe As You Prepare to Preach
By: Joel Gregory
A pastor and professor shares some of the most important lessons he learned after a half-century of preaching. Before you step behind the pulpit, check out these seven lessons.
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Lent –  A Journey From Pew to Pulpit to the Cross
Lent – A Journey From Pew to Pulpit to the Cross
By: Greg DeLoach
If your church isn't well grounded in an understanding of Lent, you can begin to teach and offer creative ways to worship, observe and serve. Here's how to begin the journey together.
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King's Dreams Changed What the Civil War Couldn't
King's Dreams Changed What the Civil War Couldn't
By: Preston Clegg
Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert E. Lee cared passionately for their causes. However, one sought to bring about change through proclamation and the other sought to prevent change through force. 
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Why I Hate
Why I Hate "Silent Night" During Advent
With angels, shepherds and barnyard animals present, Mary and Joseph weren't likely to have a silent night. Amid the season's clutter, it's hard to focus on the true meaning of Christmas.
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Reformation Teaches Us the Power of Preaching
Reformation Teaches Us the Power of Preaching
The Protestant Reformation would not have been possible without the emergence of inspiring preachers. To bring about such needed shifts today, the role of the pulpit is a critical place to begin.
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Where's the Line Between Caution and Dishonesty?
Where's the Line Between Caution and Dishonesty?

Ministers face a delicate dilemma when sharing their knowledge with their congregations. Here are five suggestions to help you discern the boundary between caution and dishonesty.

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10 Ways You Can Ruin Your Pastor's Sermons
10 Ways You Can Ruin Your Pastor's Sermons
If you want to encourage your pastor to deliver inspiring sermons, think about ways you can ensure awful messages every week – and let them suggest ways to promote positive results.
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Earth, People Are More Than Commodities
Earth, People Are More Than Commodities
If we see the earth as purely a resource under the bondage of human beings, we are more likely to see human beings as purely a resource under the bondage of others.
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What a Preacher Learned When He Stopped Preaching
What a Preacher Learned When He Stopped Preaching
Any honest preacher will admit that his or her identity is inextricably tied to the voice. But what happens to preachers if they are no longer able to speak?
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Here's What You Should Not Do When Preaching
Here's What You Should Not Do When Preaching
Lots of people will tell you how to preach. But Lillian Daniel, senior minister of First Congregational Church in Glen Ellyn, Ill., recently shared tips on how not to preach.
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Remaining Silent in the Face of Injustice
Remaining Silent in the Face of Injustice
When we see injustice and inequality and say nothing, we participate in the injustice. Many Christians, however, remain silent out of fear of losing pay, position or prestige.
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The First Person a Pastor's Sermon Should Reach
The First Person a Pastor's Sermon Should Reach
Sermon preparation is hard work, despite what some church folk might think. Still, how often do pastors allow biblical texts to speak to them before they share their messages with their congregations?
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Pastor Preaches Brotherly Love for his Co-pastor Sister
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (RNS) Decades ago, Daniel Parker would pretend to be a preacher, belting out sermons as he jumped up and down on his bed.
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Fred Craddock's Two Memorable Quotes for Preachers
Fred Craddock's Two Memorable Quotes for Preachers
Fred Craddock, an iconic figure who has preached for nearly 50 years, has helped many people maintain their love of Scripture and preaching. Two of his sayings are healthy reminders for other preachers.
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Sudan Conflict Armed Machine Gun Preacher
TRENTON, Ill. (RNS) On a recent autumn night, about 100 people listened to the Rev. Sam Childers talk about heroin addiction, biker gangs and African warlords.
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How You Can Make Your Pastor's Sermon Better
How You Can Make Your Pastor's Sermon Better
The world desperately needs healthy churches and clergy who love to preach God's word. Unfortunately, preaching has become associated for many with personal criticism, unfair expectations and disappointment.
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Thankful to Churches for Helping a Preacher Boy
Thankful to Churches for Helping a Preacher Boy
Three dozen years ago, a Baptist church was the first of many to give a preacher boy the chance to preach. I am grateful to them – and to the church today – for allowing me to exercise my calling and practice my craft.
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How Preachers Earn the Role of Prophet
How Preachers Earn the Role of Prophet
One of the most precarious tasks a preacher faces is that of being a prophet. Being prophetic is part of a healthy sermon diet; it cannot be the only item on the menu.
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 If You're Going to Preach, Be Like Buster
If You're Going to Preach, Be Like Buster
My grandfather had a certain contempt for preachers. When he learned I was going to become one, he begged me to reconsider. And when he realized I was determined, his advice was simple: Be like Buster.
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Who Is This?
So, if you ever find yourself asking the same question as the disciples – “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?” – you can be certain of this... There is no difficulty, there is no trouble you can go through that Christ will not be by your side. Indeed, he would have you face your storms head on, but you will never have to do it alone. He will take you as you are, just as the disciples did with him, and he will lead you through the wind and the waves on the sea. And the only preparation you need is to simply get into the boat. He will be there waiting for you, and soon you will find that Jesus makes an very good traveling companion.
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The Pulpit Is Dangerous
The Pulpit Is Dangerous
There is danger in the pulpit because the pulpit is in the church, and the church is in the world, and the world is a dangerous place.
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Launching the Academy of Preachers
The Academy of Preachers is carried along by the conviction that gospel preaching is a vocation of enormous social and spiritual significance, and that it is worthy of the best energies of the most gifted young people.
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A Festival of Young Preachers
Preaching is transformational: in the life of an individual, a congregation, a community, even a nation. After all, the most effective public person of the last 50 years was a Baptist preacher from Alabama. February now boasts a holiday in his memory. Which is why I plan to host a Festival of Young Preachers.
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Preaching and the Lilly Endowment
I am recruiting 15-18 young people, students in high school, college, university or seminary who will serve on a Young Preachers Leadership Team. We will gather for a retreat in January, convene for a week-long Preaching Camp in June, and host the first Festival of Young Preachers in Louisville in January 2010.
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The Significance of Preaching
There has been significant erosion in the conviction that preaching is a vocation of significance, that it is an avenue of influence in the world. So, intelligent, talented and passionate young people are turning away from preaching toward careers as worship artists, public policy wonks and NGO officials.
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So You Want to Be a Preacher
I never took a class in preaching; I don't remember anyone talking to me about preaching; I am sure I did not read anything about preaching. Given this, it is a wonder that anybody had the grit to sit through one of my so-called sermons.
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What Are Sermons Worth?
During my first semester at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in the fall of 1979 I had the privilege of taking a course on Job that was taught by Dr. Clyde Francisco. One day Dr. Francisco was talking about the 1974 tornados that had caused so much destruction in Louisville. His garage had been hit and he was working with a claims adjustor to determine the value of the garage contents, which included what Dr. Francisco described as a "sack of sermons."
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Talking Back to the Pulpit
Churches in the African-American tradition are familiar with "talking back." This give-and-take between the pulpit and pew offers immediate and affirming feedback with "that's right," "come on now" and "preach it" in response.
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Buckner Reaching Out Across the Border
Try to imagine visiting the second largest city in the world with 28 million residents. Then think about that city in terms of a two-and-a-half hour flight from Dallas.
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Sermons Should Call Us to Radical Discipleship
Perhaps it's who I am, but when I sit in church trying to follow the sermon, I am often stunned by the blandness of many Sunday-morning homilies.
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Link Between Global Warming and Poverty Focus of Earth Day Sunday
Church members across America will hear sermons this Sunday on climate change on Earth Day Sunday, which is celebrated in houses of worship on the weekend closest to Earth Day on April 22.
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Hate and the Pulpit
I know it's not new, I guess I am just more aware of it. But it does seem to be more prevalent. I am talking about anger and hate filled language spoken from American pulpits.
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Context Key to Understanding Jeremiah Wright's Remarks
Last week Barack Obama did two remarkable things. First he risked speaking directly to the reality of racism in America and American history. Obama framed his remarks with his signature phrase of "the audacity of hope." He claimed that his populist candidacy for the presidency is proof that audacious hope has a place in today's America.
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Emphasis Opens Doors for Baptist Women to Preach
"I'm here today because nobody calls me 'chicken,'" guest preacher Michelle McClendon said in a sermon Feb. 3 at Second Baptist Church in Lubbock, Texas.
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Veterans Day Creates a Ministry Dilemma
Veterans Day creates a ministry dilemma. As a pastor and religious leader, how can I be faithful in teaching what I believe to be central to following Christ and yet not unduly offend others?
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Baptist Women in Ministry Sponsors Day for Women to Preach
Baptist Women in Ministry is hoping to nearly double participation in a second annual day for women to preach in Baptist churches early next year.
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Preachers Are What's Wrong With the World
"Preachers," said Lewis Perkins, "are what's wrong with the world."
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An Open Letter to Pastors: Have You Ever Preached A Sermon About Domestic Violence?
Pastors, have you ever preached a sermon against domestic violence? Odds are you haven't. I've listened to approximately 4,000 sermons and have yet to hear a pastor condemn domestic violence from the pulpit.
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