Preaching Resources for LPTS Students, Alums, and Friends
Welcome Alumni/ae, Current Students and Friends of LPTS!
It is fall once again. This semester I will be posting about conversations in African American Prophetic Preaching and Basic Preaching. Please feel free to weigh in and comment as so inclined. I look forward to hearing from you.
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…
Over the past two days, Louisville Seminary hosted the fourth annual Black Church Studies Consultation. Our guest preacher was Frederick D. Haynes from Dallas, Texas. Haynes' sermon on Tuesday night was a prophetic challenge for the church to speak up and speak out about injustice in our communities.
The panel on Wednesday morning was an opportunity to engage further with Haynes but also with Kelley Mikel Williams, founder of the blog Black Politics Today and Kerri Allen, an…Continue
On Wednesday, September 4 at 1:30 on the LPTS campus, Scott Williamson and I will be discussing the Trayvon Martin case. We will be discussing the implications of the case for prophetic African American preaching as it relates to issues such as racial profiling, white privilege, gun rights laws, and the black male code. This discussion will take place within the context of the Black Church Studies consultation.
The Consultation actually begins tomorrow night, September 3 at 7 pm at…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 ($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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