A Hazy Shade of Preaching

Do We Know What We're Trying to Say?

words

It surprises me how often I and my colleagues use language from the pulpit that we understand but few others can. Sometimes people can understand the words. They just don’t mean much. “Freedom,” “Grace,” “Love,” etc. are words we throw around and use frequently. We leave them to themselves, and the listener to understand what […]

Take Australia First

Start somewhere, not everywhere.

Risk Board

When playing the board game RISK, always…always…take Australia first. Then, hold it. Then, take one or two more countries per turn from there. Then get a card. You’ll win the game every time. But, it begins with Australia. Why? It’s easy to take, easy to hold, and a guaranteed two armies for the rest of […]

Epiphany Before Easter – On Preaching the Easter Sermon

Epiphany Before Easter

Preparing an Easter sermon is one of the more challenging sermon preps of the year for most preachers. This isn’t because of a lack of passion for the Resurrection or lack of familiarity with it. It’s because, like the story of the Prodigal Son, preachers feel some need to produce something fresh, something with a […]