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

The Fall 2013 semester is upon us. Throughout the semester we will be posting discussion topics in Basic Preaching and Preaching Contextually. We will also post about any current issues that will be informing our preaching during this period.

If you have suggestions for topics that need to be discussed, let us know. Email me at


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Trayvon Martin and Black Church Studies

Posted by Debra J. Mumford on September 2, 2013 at 6:14pm 0 Comments

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…


Prosperity Gospel in the News

Posted by Debra J. Mumford on September 1, 2013 at 10:00am 0 Comments

Recently, prosperity gospel was in the national news when there was a measles outbreak among the membership at the Eagle Mountain International Church in Fort Worth, Texas. A visitor to the congregation had recently returned from Indonesia where he had contracted measles. The virus quickly spread and infected twenty one people in Tarrant County where the church is located (sixteen of whom are members of the congregation). The infected included nine children the youngest of whom was four…


"Group Think"

Posted by Lee Collins on February 27, 2013 at 6:43pm 0 Comments

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. 

Preaching as a Community Endeavor

Posted by Debra J. Mumford on February 27, 2013 at 9:51am 0 Comments

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…


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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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