Category Archives: Homiletics/Preaching

Jesus’ Upside-Down Kingdom

The kingdom of Jesus turns everything “upside down.” We settle far too easily for a tame and non-threatening gospel where grace does not surprise us. This sermon was preached at Lutheran Church of the Master, Carol Stream, IL, on June … Continue reading

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Jesus Prays for His Own – A Sermon (John 17)

The life of our Lord Jesus Christ had an intentionally designed dramatic climax. He was “born to die.” This was not just any death for any person but a death which revealed the depth of God’s love for the world (John … Continue reading

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A Baptist Minister Drawing Lessons from Pope Francis

In late October I visited with Michael and Nancy Ristau, two dear friends who live in Lexington, Kentucky. I met Michael while speaking on a mens’ retreat for several churches in California years ago. Michael and Nancy are like other … Continue reading

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Shameless: A Priest Preaching the Gospel of Jesus Faithfully

Several years ago Father John Riccardo, a priest from Plymouth, Michigan, preached a sermon in the pulpit of the Kensington Community Church (MI), titled: “Shameless.” A better sermon on the gospel could not be found, at least in my judgment. … Continue reading

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One of My Favorite Modern Authors

I have many favorite authors. Some are theologians. Some are pastors. Some are missiologists. Some are novelists. Not all are Christians. The ones I appreciate the most make me think the best.  One of my favorite writers is a United … Continue reading

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The Power of the “Spoken” Word of the Gospel

Depending on your church background and experience many of you may think of the gospel (and almost exclusively) as a written message. The first Christians did not think of it this way at all. Let me explain. While reading the … Continue reading

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Preaching Is in My Heart

The apostle Paul writes of preaching: How, then, can they call on the one they have not believe in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone … Continue reading

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Preaching on Pentecost Sunday

This past Lord’s Day (May 11) was Pentecost Sunday. For many it passed with little or no recognition of this great truth of our Christian faith. But for me, and the congregation of First Reformed Church in South Holland (where … Continue reading

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Expository Preaching is Still My Preference

I have been out of the pastorate of a stated congregation, except for eight months as an interim, since May of 1992. I am sometimes asked, "What do you miss the most?" (There are several things about pastoring I do … Continue reading

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Check Your Motives if You Preach

William Willimon is a Methodist bishop who can preach. In fact, he is quite frankly one of my favorite preachers today. He tells an important story about preaching and the motives that those who preach often bring to the process … Continue reading

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