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Fresh Brew: Studying Yourself and Others

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Preaching Good Grief

Preaching is powerful. It reaches into our souls and speaks to every human emotion when it is going well. Though this will not be true of every preaching ministry some preachers avoid touching on grief and despair except for in funeral sermons. Perhaps this is because the preacher faces enough grief and despair week to […]

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Fresh Brew: Keeping Your Preaching Fresh

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Book Review: Ways of the World

From time to time we include book reviews of new preaching resources on Wesleyan Sermons. Scott Donahue, a Wesleyan Master of Divinity student at Princeton Theological Seminary, has offered the below review on a new work by Dr. Sally Brown and Dr. Luke Powery. I recently led a panel reviewing their work at the Academy […]

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On the Side: Words for Your Family

Preachers are not often very good matches for the stereotypes. “Preachers are lovers of words” I have heard it said so many times. Yet I have learned that many of us grow weary of words. We do not want to hear any more, and we do not want to speak any more of them. After […]

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Sermon: Full or Flat | Kathy Resel-Chambliss

Preacher: Kathy Resel-Chambliss Sermon Title: “Full or Flat” Original Sermon Link: here Pastor Kathy Resel-Chambliss is the Awaken Pastor at Kentwood Community Church. She preached a sermon recently as a part of their series called “Momentum,” which focused on the early church in the book of Acts. She is a pastor who preaches with practical, passionate clarity. […]

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On the Side: Prayer-Filled Life

A few weeks back preaching fatigue was the focus of the series. The suggestion list was rather intentionally human. It is not that we should start with the human, or that human things matter most, or that we can presume prayer is happening in the lives of preachers. We simply did not want to turn […]

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On the Side: Confession

Preachers sin. He who claims to be without sin is a liar. Yet preachers do not want to go on sinning, for then Christ is not in us. This dialectic in 1st John is a perennially difficult one. Wesleyan categories of sin help us greatly in discussing it. Yet the truth is, many preachers this […]

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On the Side: Preaching Fatigue

Preaching well is tiring. Preaching well again and again is exhausting. Preaching well again and again every week for years, well that’s a recipe for a growing church…and preaching fatigue. Most pastoral conferences and theological classes put self-care for the minister and ministry fatigue in a leadership discussion or a pastoral care discussion. Yet every […]

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On The Side: Physical Well-Being

I remember the first time I preached over 8000 feet above sea level. I am a passionate preacher and my challenge is to tone myself down, not ramp myself up. This seems to be even more true when I am in front of adolescents or young adults, which at that time in my life was […]