When pastors begin to welcome back their congregations to in-person services, they may want to consider offering them a shorter sermon.
Guest pastor Hope Carpenter delivered a fervent lecture on the importance of “holding fast” to confessions of faith, a message she claimed to have received from God that morning. Then, her monologue took an abrupt, violent turn.
(RNS) — It’s not Meghan Markle’s stunning 16-foot veil or bouquet of forget-me-nots, the favorite flower of the groom’s late mother, Princess Diana.
Judging from the absence of squirming and giggling, Holly Smith’s children’s sermon was quite the hit Sunday morning at Island View Baptist Church in Orange Park, Fla. Five little girls gathered on the steps leading to the pulpit and choir loft and listened intently to
here were plenty of big developments for Daniel Vestal to address in his final sermon at the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship general assembly, including approval of the 2012 Task Force report, a distinctive CBF identity for congregations that desire it and a $12.4 million budget.
Well-told stories can be powerful and engaging. They grab listeners from woolgathering and daydreaming and bring them back to the message. I would much rather hear about the Good Samaritan that read about the theology behind it. Wouldn’t you?