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Preaching as Listening – Part 2 – Listening to Scripture

Interpretation–of our newspapers, our friends’ words, and our Bible–is (by its essence) a cultural act. We read any text through the lenses of our upbringing, life experiences, and the tradition we’ve been taught. When we sit down to write a sermon, we bring all of these lenses into our view of Scripture, along with the […]

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Preaching as Listening – Part 1 – Listening for our Congregation

Part I: Listening for our Congregation Preachers often think of preparation in terms of preparing what to say. Yet what we say every Sunday emerges from how we listen to the Scripture, to our people, and to the Holy Spirit’s voice. Most sermons are exercises in attentiveness: helping a congregation stop, look, and listen to […]

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Which Questions Matter?

Which Question Matter? One pastor I have recently come to know and love has been trying to strengthen his biblical study process for preaching. In preparing sermons, he has most often simply followed his hunches and intuitions. Often these instincts include bringing a dozen other small passages into the sermon to support what he says […]

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Fresh Brew: How to Use Commentaries

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What is Wesleyan Preaching?

We all have different stories surrounding our relationship with Wesleyan preaching. If you are like me, you were formed in, rebelled from, returned to, called through, and now are serving the Wesleyan church. You may have a different story though. Some preachers I know never saw a Wesleyan church until they were called to preach […]

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My Homiletic Journey – Mark O. Wilson

Mark Wilson recently moved to South Carolina to teach at Southern Wesleyan University after years of faithful and evangelistic pastoral ministry. You may be familiar with his writing in Purple Fish from Wesleyan publishing house. Here is a more personal introduction to his generously kind and humble personality. We hope sharing his journey into preaching […]

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Making Christmas New, Again

How exactly do you preach on Christmas again after you have preached it 17 times? How do you find anything new to say? These were the questions she asked as we talked about preaching this past month. She is not unique among pastors. If it is not you yet, give it time. At some point, […]

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Wesley’s Covenant Renewal Service

Each New Year methodist gatherings in Britain and eventually around the world celebrated a Covenant Renewal Service. It began in the 1750s with a desire by Charles and John Wesley to renew the commitment of the people under their care, and to give an alternative to the drunken parties of the New Year. It continued […]

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Fresh Brew: Preaching Preparation and Desperation