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Plagiarism and Preaching

This article was written for the Presbyterian Leader - an online PCUSA resource. http://www.thethoughtfulchristian.com/

preachingplagiarism4.pdf

 

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

 

 

Sermons

 

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."

 

ttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJkRLO37t0g

 

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLL6mwtFZ60 

 

Part 2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQESSLG4OgE&feature=related

 

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Performing the Word

Very often when we think of the word "performance" we think of the theater, either in a local live-venue or on the big screen. We think of actors bringing characters to life with great skill and depth -- drawing us into a world often far different than our own. Through their embodiment of characters and space, they beckon us into a journey that offers us an opportunity to escape the circumstances and concerns of our own lives, if only for a while, by entering into the lives of others. Through…See More
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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."
Apr 13
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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Welcome!

Welcome Alumni/ae, Current Students and Friends of LPTS!


It is summertime! Starting this week, I will be teaching a class entitled "Performance in Preaching." In this class we will work on techniques and approaches that will help us embody scripture and story effectively.

In the last week in June, I will co-teach a class for the ACTS DMin program in Chicago. The topic of the class is "Prophetic Preaching and the Reign of God."

All of this will keep me busy. As topics and experiences arise that can be beneficial to many, I will blog about them. 

 

Have Great Summer!

 

Debra

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Performing the Word

Posted by Debra J. Mumford on June 7, 2015 at 2:09pm 0 Comments

Very often when we think of the word "performance" we think of the theater, either in a local live-venue or on the big screen. We think of actors bringing characters to life with great skill and depth -- drawing us into a world often far different than our own. Through their embodiment of characters and space, they beckon us into a journey that offers us an opportunity to escape the circumstances and concerns of our own lives, if only for a while, by entering into the lives of others.…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Toastmasters

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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