Preaching Resources for LPTS Students, Alums, and Friends
Welcome Alumni/ae, Current Students and Friends of LPTS!
It is Spring once again. This semester I will be posting about conversations in Faith and Violence and Basic Preaching. Please feel free to weigh in and comment as so inclined. I look forward to hearing from you.
In our weekly (or thereabouts) chat in African American Prophetic Preaching we discussed why African American and Hispanic faces are always depicted when the subject of poverty is discussed in the media. There are, numerically speaking, more poor people who are white than are African American or Hispanic in the United States. So why are African Americans and Hispanics pictured when the subject of poverty is addressed? Are the needs of poor white people being ignored? Some people on chat…Continue
On Sunday night, members of the African American Prophetic Preaching class chatted about theology. Theology is the substance of our preaching. It communicates to the listeners who God is and what God is doing in the world. As preachers we must always be intentional about the theology we communicate. When we considered what the kingdom of God looks like, one person wrote that "It looks like the King is alive and well and surprising us. It is about Christ's continued action among us." This…Continue
Earlier this year when I saw the video of Balitmore Ravens running back Ray Rice dragging his unconscious, then, girlfriend out of an elevator, I was shocked. What was even more shocking was the Raven's and the NFL's response. Rice was suspended for two games. Apparently he made the case that the violence was somehow mutually inflicted and that he was somehow defending himself. He also apologized publicly and subsequently married his victim, Janay Palmer. In subsequent months he was only…Continue
A couple of years ago I accompanied Africa to her American Library Conference (ALA) in Seattle. While there, I decided to visit a church I had heard so much about, Mars Hill. When I arrived after walking there from our hotel, about 10 blocks in the rain, I was heartened to find hot dispensers of Starbucks coffee on the landing as I went up the stairs. I poured myself a hot cup of coffee and went inside for worship.
The people inside were almost all white, 20, 30 and 40 somethings. They…
Toastmasters International is a volunteer organization whose sole purpose is to help people improve their public speaking skills. At monthly meetings members have opportunities to present prepared speeches with many different objectives and receive critical and constructive feedback on both content and delivery. Members also have opportunities to practice their extemporaneous speaking skills when asked to speak for one or two minutes on a of subject they may or may not be knowledgeable without advanced notice.
Actively participating in a Toastmasters Club is a wonderful way for preachers to continually improve upon their public speaking skills. The membership fee is inexpensive ($80/year). Many clubs only meet twice a month. If you would like more information about Toastmasters click on the link below. Hope to see you at a meeting!
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