- Patrick’s Musings questions whether some preachers put too much emphasis on what the “application” of the sermon can do.
- Hooks, Lines, and Thinkers gives 10 steps to sermon titles that sizzle.
- RJz blog has 7 skills for finding illustrations in daily life.
At this link you will find a tool that will help you find the perfect Bible for you. It would have been nice for them to add in a few more versions like the NRSV, but besides that little problem, you can find the Bible you are looking for. As soon as you find the Bible you can select it and purchase it from Amazon.com or Christianbook.com.
Ed Eubanks from the Placement Reflections Blog was interviewed by the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship about this issue. Here is the link to the informative article that also has links to other resources.
The first half of the article is directed to churches who have guest speakers, the second half is to guest speakers themselves. I encourage you to check out this interesting resource.
There are some who think that T.D. Jakes or Eddie Long are the epitome of Black Preaching. However the National Baptists (the largest Black Baptist Convention) spoke against this version of Black preaching at their national convention.
The Jazz Theologian asks this interesting question, “Is Jazz the Ubuntu of America?” This is his current series. Ubuntu is an African word that means, “I am who I am becuase of other people.” Desmond Tutu, according to the post, states that “I am human becuase I belong. I participate. I share.” It emphasizes connectedness.
Over at the Expository Thoughts blog, Paul Lamey gives a parable about preaching where one preacher, named Pastor Lite, simply gives the people rice cakes. These rice cakes are flavored well and thus provide the people something tasty but not very filling. However, another preacher, named Flames Montgomery, gave the people steaks and the people got full.
The Theocentric Preaching blog has an interesting post on how to avoid the “Homiletic Hermeneutic.” The homiletic hermeneutic is one where the homiletical impulse overpowers the original meaning of the text. In it the author quotes the Expository Thoughts blog, which quotes Daniel I. Block, by giving 6 characteristics that show evidence of using a “homiletical hermeneutic.”
Over at the Placement Reflections blog Ed Eubanks writes about the importance of seminary students actually preaching sermons in churches before graduation. Interestingly enough, I reflected on my own seminary experience and realized that in my 3 Homiletics courses I have only preached 2 sermons. I then realized it was possible to leave with an MDiv and not preach any sermons whatsoever.
Pastor’s Study is a comprehensive pastoral help software package available from rclsoftware. You can download a evaluation version on their website. When I say comprehensive, I mean you can keep track of just about anything having to do with your ministry in this software package.