Posts By Henry Brinton

Henry G. Brinton, a contributor to Homiletics for more than 20 years, is pastor of Fairfax Presbyterian Church in Virginia, and has written on religion and culture for The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today and Huffington Post. He is also the author of books ranging from City of Peace to The Welcoming Congregation: Roots and Fruits of Christian Hospitality.

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An Alternative Source of Information

By Henry Brinton / March 17, 2021

“Stem-cell research is always immoral.” “The invasion of Iraq was illegal.” Ouch. Whenever I hear such pronouncements from the pulpit, I can’t help but recoil. It’s not that I always disagree with the positions that are taken, or that I don’t think preachers should weigh in on public issues of moral concern. It’s the language…

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Reclaiming A Day Of Rest

Reclaiming a Day of Rest

By Henry Brinton / October 16, 2020

True confession: I am a chronic commandment-breaker. I do it every week. In fact, my job as a pastor demands it. Every Sunday, I go to work and violate the Fourth Commandment: “Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy” (Exodus 20:8). I’m sure that most of you do the very same. Now it’s true…

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Homiletics | 8 Sermon Writing Tops

8 Tips for Sermon Writing

By Henry Brinton / July 8, 2020

“SlamBall Jesus” seemed like such an awesome sermon. A new extreme sport had been introduced in the U.S., one in which basketball was played with trampolines on the court and wild leaping, hitting and slam-dunking. I connected the SlamBall game to Jesus clearing the moneychangers out of the temple and said that he was angry,…

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The Danger in Social Distancing

The Danger in Social Distancing

By Henry Brinton / March 24, 2020

Psalm 100, 2 Corinthians 4:7-10   With the coronavirus spreading, we are wise to practice social distancing. But do not fall into isolation, which can lead to despair.   The coronavirus is afflicting us, perplexing us and even striking some of us down. Schools are closing, restaurants are shutting down and congregations are no longer…

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