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How to Enjoy Holy Week and Easter Sunday Services

Let’s face it. This is a busy week. Yet it can be less stressful, if we think about the week and the many services a bit differently. Here are seven ideas: Give thanks for everyone involved in making the services …

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Are You Bored by Preaching the Christmas Stories?

It can be a challenge to preach through Advent and Christmas. How do you find something new to say? Don’t. The purpose of Advent/Christmas worship and preaching is to help the community reconnect with some of the primal stories of …

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Matthew Tennant on Preaching about the Economy

Matthew Tennant offered a valuable perspective on preaching about the economy in yesterday’s teleconference. A couple of items that particularly struck me: I asked him how we can pay more attention to the financial media, as he suggests, without getting …

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How to Preach about the Economy: A Leadership Adventure Teleconference

How can pastoral leaders address the ongoing economic issues from the pulpit? Please join me this Thursday, June 21at 9 Pacific/10 Mountain/11 Central/noon Eastern Time, for a one hour conference call conversation on preaching about the economy. My guest will …

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How to Preach about the Economy

We may be through the worst of the economic downturn, but economic issues are still at the forefront. How can pastoral leaders address these issues from the pulpit on an ongoing basis? People get economic news every day, via newspaper, …

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Missional Preaching: A Book Review

I received a review copy of Missional Preaching, by Al Tizon, from Judson Press recently. I found it a valuable resource for preachers who are attempting to present the broad range of the gospel in their preaching. I’m not a …

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Ten Ways Church Leaders Can Get More New Ideas

Are you stuck in a rut? Do you find yourself searching the web for solutions to ministry problems, or looking for the latest church leadership workshop? I’d like to suggest some other ways to generate new ideas. We all have …

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Social Media Is Nothing New for Church Leaders

I happened across a copy of the December 17, 2011 Economist, and was intrigued to find an article titled, “How Luther went viral.” It makes the comparison between the spread and acceptance of Luther’s ideas to last year’s “Arab spring.” …

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What Is Easter Hope?

Easter is a time to consider hope. This year I’ve been reading a book by David Steindl-Rast, Gratefulness, the Heart of Prayer. He’s a wise Benedictine monk. In a chapter on hope, Steindl-Rast suggests considering a pet project, and your …

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Book Review: Preaching in Plenty and in Want

Preaching in Plenty and in Want, by Matthew Tennant, is a thoughtful reflection on how pastors can engage with economic matters in their preaching. The author is a pastor as well as a former VP in a brokerage firm. I …

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