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2018 Festival of Homiletics - Washington, DC

"Preaching and Politics"


Preaching Tips

For All the Saints

And when the fight is fierce, the warfare long,

Steals on the ear the distant triumph song,

And hearts are brave again, and arms are strong.

Alleluia! Alleluia!

[William W. How, “For All the Saints.”]  

When you light a candle, or ring the bell in honor of a dear child of God no longer with us, how do you feel? Does your heart feel brave? Do your arms feel strong? Or do you feel overcome with sorrow and exhausted from fighting it?

All Saints Day is simultaneously a time of great

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Preaching Tip: Barbara Lundblad's Image Sermons for Advent

Barbara Lundblad lecturing Tuesday, May 14Barbara Lundblad's Tuesday lecture, "The Word Isaiah Saw: Anticipating Advent," served up practical tips on how to preach image sermons on the Isaiah lectionary readings this Advent.

Lundblad focused on the Revised Common Lectionary Year A readings from Isaiah for the four Sundays in Advent.

She explained that image sermons rely on taking a single image/metaphor and incorporating it into the worship space in a way that is appropriate for the preacher's context.

For some, that means bringing a tangible

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Preaching Tip: Preach without Notes

William Carl III presents workshop on preaching without notes"Brain Techniques for Preaching without Notes" was a standing-room only workshop led by William Carl III on Tuesday, May 14, at First Baptist Nashville. Carl is president and professor of Homiletics at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.

Following are tips adapted from notes provided graciously by #Homiletics2013 participant Meg Hegemann of Columbia, Missouri.

You can also view a presentation by Carl on Vimeo -- thanks to FrSimmons for this tweet.

Carl told a standing-room only crowd:

  • If you're

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