It’s that time of year again, when we put trees inside our houses, make strange egg-flavored drinks we’d never consume any other time of the year, and spend hours we don’t have buying gifts we can’t afford for people who will exchange them for something they really wanted. Welcome to Christmas! Christmas has certainly become the major holiday event of … Read More
Is Halloween a Christian Holiday?
Michael DuduitMichael Duduit is founding Dean of the College of Christian Studies and the Clamp Divinity School at Anderson University. He also serves as Professor of Christian Ministry. He is the founder and still serves as Executive Editor of Preaching magazine, one of the nation’s premier publications for pastors. His email newsletter, Preaching Now, is read each week by more … Read More
Leadership is Team-Building
As a young man, I thought leadership was primarily about what I could accomplish. As I have added some gray hair (and a few inches), I have come to recognize that I can accomplish far more as a leader by motivating and mobilizing a team rather than focusing on my own activities. In an article by John Maxwell, he observes: … Read More
Gardner Taylor – A Pulpit Giant Lays Down the Mantle
The Rev. Gardner C. Taylor prays during his sermon at a historic meeting of four black Baptist denominations at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tenn., in 2005. Religion News Service file photo by Michael Clancy. It could not have happened on a more appropriate day. Gardner C. Taylor, a giant of the American pulpit who had spent most of his … Read More
What Business is Your Church In?
Change is a reality. We can recognize and deal with it, or we can let it run over us. Kodak is a prime example. A success for many years, changing technology finally caught up with them. They thought they were in the film and camera business, when they should have recognized they were in the picture business. First came digitization, … Read More
Sermons for the Mayor
Last week there was a flurry of interest in sermons preached in Houston, Texas. As you likely read in various news reports, the mayor and city attorney were unhappy with public opposition to Houston’s recent “bathroom bill” which allows people to enter any public bathroom associated with their self-identified gender. So if a man feels he is a woman, he … Read More
Here’s to You, Dr. Robinson
Preaching magazine is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, and one of the figures who has most influenced preaching during those years has been Haddon Robinson.
Preaching So They Can Understand
As preachers, our task is not only proclamation but translation – we are called to express the truth of God’s Word in language and forms that common people can understand. That may take a little longer to prepare, but it’s worth the effort.
Why does the Hobby Lobby decision matter?
Commentary on the Hobby Lobby case and its implications for religious liberty.