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Heaven Can Wait

By Bob Kaylor | September 11, 2020
Heaven Can Wait by Bob Kaylor Featured Image

If you’re like me and grew up in the church, you probably had some really great Sunday school teachers who helped you on the path toward ministry — people who, week after week, gave up their time and sanity to lock themselves in a room with some socially inept yet theologically inquisitive young minds. My…

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The Waiting Preacher

By Timothy Merrill | August 14, 2020
The Waiting Preacher

I was waiting. At the Intercontinental airport in Houston, Texas. I was flying standby and had missed three flights so far. My waiting began at 7 a.m., and at 4 p.m. it showed no sign of abating. So as I waited, I thought about waiting. You can wait for things, like a package to arrive,…

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8 Tips for Sermon Writing

By Henry Brinton | July 8, 2020
Homiletics | 8 Sermon Writing Tops

“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 Simple Joy of Mail

By Homiletics Team | June 10, 2020
The Simple Joy of Mai;

Have you ever noticed the face of someone when they receive an unexpected piece of mail?   For many of our elderly or shut-in members, checking the mail is part of the simple routine of the day. Most of the time, this results in sorting through all the advertisements and requests for money, which is then…

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10 Ways Churches Can Get Through the Economic Downturn

By Homiletics Team | June 8, 2020
Blog Article about Church Stewardship

It’s not always easy or pleasant to talk about money. As a church, we often want to put our trust in God that He will provide in such a time of need … but the reality is, the church needs money to continue to operate.  We surveyed subscribers about how Covid-19 is affecting their budgets and…

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Of Practices, Presence and Peace

By Rob Apgar-Taylor | May 13, 2020
Of Practices, Presence and Peace

This month’s guest writer is the Rev. Dr. Rob Apgar-Taylor.   When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jewish authorities, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.”…

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Free Resources from Our Sister Publications

By Homiletics Team | May 7, 2020
Free Resources from Our Sister Publications

May 7, 2020 The past few months have been challenging for church communities and those who minister to them. As a Homiletics subscriber, you’ve received e-mails offering free resources from several of Homiletics’ sister publications. Below is a summary of these free resources. You may download them for unrestricted, re-distributable use to help you through…

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Free Resources for Our Elderly and Homebound Members

By Homiletics Team | April 13, 2020
Download Free Resources for Homebound Members

Our homebound members have been our minds through this trying time, including those who live alone or are unable to leave their homes due to the ever-increasing shelter at home orders. As a way to try and stay connected, we are providing 4 days worth of devotions and activities from our sister publication HomeTouch Ministry…

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On the Necessity of Communion in Diaspora

By Homiletics Team | April 3, 2020
To Eat or Not to Eat? | On the Necessity of Communion in Diaspora

By the Rev. Dr. Rob Apgar-Taylor   It was a Wednesday night in January, 1991, when we got the news. I was a student at Wesley Seminary, and the first U.S. bombs had just fallen on Baghdad. We immediately started planning a worship service at 9:00 that night. What to pray? What words could bring…

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The Danger in Social Distancing

By Henry Brinton | March 24, 2020
The Danger in Social Distancing

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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