Five Things I Wish I’d Learned About Preaching Twenty Years Ago

I love preaching/teaching/sermonizing (or whatever the kids are calling it these days). I gave my first sermon as a seventeen-year-old, way back in 1998. That's almost twenty years ago, and I can't get my brain around that information as I type it. In the last twenty years I've experienced a lot of transformation as a … Continue reading Five Things I Wish I’d Learned About Preaching Twenty Years Ago

Why Your Pastor Can’t Always Tell You What You Want to Hear

I have a confession to make. Usually, I don't like to speak for other people, but for this post I am making an exception. Now, I'm not claiming to speak for all pastors/clergy/speakers. That would be ridiculous. However, I am speaking for people like me who have some explaining to do.  So, here's the confession: … Continue reading Why Your Pastor Can’t Always Tell You What You Want to Hear

SOTM: the Beatitudes

Yesterday at Morgantown Community Church we began a journey through the Sermon on the Mount [Matthew 5-7] that will span six months and four different series. Our first series is an exploration of the 'Beatitudes', or as Frederick Dale Bruner calls them, "Jesus’ surprisingly countercultural God-bless-yous to the people in God-awful situations.”  There is so … Continue reading SOTM: the Beatitudes