Preaching Resources for LPTS Students, Alums, and Friends
Welcome alums, future alums and friends of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary!
The Spring semester is upon us. During this semester I will be posting comments about our most interesting discussions in Basic Preaching. I will also be blogging about interesting books I am reading both for the Grawemeyer Award in Religion and for my own personal research.
If you have any books you would like to recommend for me and for subscribers to this site, let me know. I would love to forward the recommendations. I look forward to hearing from you.
I was also wondering that same point in my head as the discussion evolved. I then remembered that the members of the local UCC Ministerium meet every week at 8 a.m.on Tuesday mornings for bible study and lectionary discussions. I've put in a call, and I suspect the answer I will receive will affirm my suspicions that these individuals are all doing their initial thought time and devotional for the upcoming sermon in a group setting. I like it.
Last night in the Basic Preaching class we wrote sermons using two different preaching structures in small groups. People in one group commented that it would be nice if they could work in small groups every week to write their sermons. To that I say, "Why can't you?" For years it has been the practice of many pastors to routinely meet with other pastors in lectionary groups to do just this. They come together to discuss texts and exchange exegetical materials. They get ideas from each other…Continue
Shawn Peters’ work is very thorough and well researched history of the Cantonsville Nine, a group of people who engaged in an act of political resistance (to the Vietnam War, racial discrimination and other injustices foreign and domestic).The Nine conducted a raid on a Selective Service office in Cantonsville, MD in which they boldly walked into the offices during working hours, took files of men who had registered for the draft, put them in wire trash baskets, and…Continue
In this book, Johnston engages several faith development theories, that of James Fowler’s Stages of Faith most centrally, to argue the worth and importance of a post critical or mystic faith. By post critical, Johnston means a faith that a person settles into after they have gone through the process of critically interrogating the faith with which they are most familiar and found it wanting. In this post-critical phase, the person becomes a mystic or a person who “has an uplifting…Continue
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 ($60/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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