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Plagiarism and Preaching

This article was written for the Presbyterian Leader - an online PCUSA resource.



Prosperity Preaching and Race

This article was written for Pneuma: The Journal for Society of Pentecostal Studies. August, 2011

Rich and Equal in the Eyes of Almighty God


LGBT Concerns

This article was for the African American Lectionary - an online worship and preaching resource





Below are links to two sermons. The first one I preached at Westwood Presbyterian Church in Louisville in March 2012. The occasion was "Celebrating the Gifts of Women Sunday."




The second I preached for a conference sponsored by the Kelly Miller Smith Institute at Vanderbilt University and the African American Lectionary in October, 2010. The sermon was a call for African American churches to do the hard work of confronting abuse of every kind (sexual, domestic, etc.) The title of the sermon is "Living the Faith."


Part 1 


Part 2



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Lanie Sipes replied to Ernie Romans's discussion Buttrick in the group Group 1
"The difference I noticed was that it changes from 1st person to 3rd person, but I was also a little confused by this example."
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Lanie Sipes replied to Laura Green's discussion Thulin, Butrick, and Smith in the group Group 1
"I hesitate on using personal stories for similar reasons, and it has been really hard for me to include them in my sermons. I think that I share information about myself through the narrations that I do include, the sermon themes that I use, and the…"
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Lanie Sipes replied to Terry Emery's discussion Ageism in the group Group 1
"Agreed! I full-heartedly think that ageism needs to be addressed in congregations. I think this has especially arisen with the rising use of technology (if people don't know how to use technology or don't want to learn, they are looked…"
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Ernie Romans replied to Terry Emery's discussion Ageism in the group Group 1
"I agree.  With the exception of this article, I have had no classes or seminars on ageism, or the challenges facing our churches as our congregations get older.  Likewise, I also see an emphasis on youth, and equating youth with vitality…"
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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.


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Why Are White Poor People Invisible in the Media?

Posted by Debra J. Mumford on October 20, 2014 at 12:30am 3 Comments

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…


Theology Anyone? African American Prophetic Preaching Chat 9/21/14

Posted by Debra J. Mumford on September 27, 2014 at 8:05pm 0 Comments

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…


Ray Rice and Domestic Abuse - What Took So Long?

Posted by Debra J. Mumford on September 9, 2014 at 10:00am 6 Comments

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…


The Bullying Pastor - Mars Hill

Posted by Debra J. Mumford on September 9, 2014 at 9:30am 0 Comments

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…


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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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