Archive for the “The Art of Preaching” category

Mark 2:1–12 | “Jesus and the Paralyzed Man”

by Glenn on January 9, 2017

If you’ve ever listened to a child tell a story, you know how exciting it can be, at least for the teller. There’s a breathless quality about a little kid telling a story. They’ll tell you something and then they’ll (…)

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In Memoriam: Dr. Robert Schuller

by Glenn on November 29, 2015

Among the passings this year was Dr. Robert H. Schuller on April 2. I’ve thought about him on a number of occasions since, considering that central paradox of his life, which was that his message of positive (or possibility) thinking, (…)

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Jerry Seinfeld on Preaching?

by Glenn on November 15, 2015

Some time ago I watched an interview of Jerry Seinfeld by David Letterman on the subject of Seinfeld’s web series, “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.” There was one moment in this interview that really struck me.

A Sermon on Joseph (Part Four: The Symbol)

by Glenn on August 23, 2015

John 5:39 says, “You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me …” [NIV] This statement is amazing. The only Scriptures Jesus could have been (…)

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A Sermon on Joseph (Part Three: The Statement)

by Glenn on August 11, 2015

When you hear a story, you want to know, “Is this going somewhere? Is there a point to this story?” When little kids tell stories, it can get a little tedious. If you’ve ever listened to little kid stories you (…)

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A Sermon on Joseph (Part Two: The Story)

by Glenn on July 18, 2015

For me, sermons should awaken faith and help people see Jesus. How do you do that? From my perspective,

Ben Tertin: “We Value Relevance”

by Glenn on April 22, 2015

my sermon notes from Central Bible Church Portland Pastor Ben Tertin

Pastor Jack Hayford: “The Unalterable Need for Altars”

by Glenn on April 5, 2015

“The Unalterable Need for Altars” | Jack Hayford Soundword Tape Ministry | 00486 | The Church on the Way | Van Nuys, California When you grow up in the church and reach a certain, age, you realize that you have (…)

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David and Goliath

by Glenn on November 9, 2014

Some time ago I listened to a Ted Talk featuring Malcolm Gladwell telling the Biblical story of David and Goliath. I thought it was terrific. This afternoon and evening I tested my recollection with a bit of Malcom Gladwell binge-watching (…)

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Haiku from Sermon | 3 August 2014 | Bill Clem

by Glenn on August 3, 2014

haiku reflecting on the themes and statements in a message (3 August 2014) on Isaiah 52–53 by Bill Clem from the series The Story at Imago Dei Community, Portland, Oregon: i they aren’t cheerleaders the prophets show a straight line (…)

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Odd Thomas and an Uninspiring Sermon

by Glenn on August 1, 2014

Discovering Dean Koontz The “Mansion” section of The Wall Street Journal on Friday, 11 July 2014 featured a story by suspense novelist Dean Koontz about the magnificent (my adjective) home that he and his wife Gerda built in Newport Beach, (…)

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