Join Us in Disaster Relief

I’m organizing teams to work on relief efforts in Eastern NC.

All are welcome to join us!

Please sign up by clicking HERE, and we will be in touch to coordinate further.

Will

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Doing Good, Large and Small

As you prepare to preach the Word of the Lord this week, I want to share a little piece from this week’s Pulpit Resource. For some time now, I have written this weekly resource to help encourage, support, and enable the work of preachers like you, tasked with the awesome burden of proclaiming the Gospel. 

I hope this helps you with this week’s text, as I work with the lectionary’s assigned Gospel Reading from Mark’s Gospel. If you would like to receive Pulpit Resource regularly as a part of your preparations, you can subscribe HERE.

As always, your partner in ministry,
—Will

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Redlining and White Noise Part 10

I recently had the opportunity to sit down and have a conversation with Charles Rotramel and Gregg Taylor as a part of their excellent podcast, ReClaimed. We talked about my work on Willie Earle’s lynching and the preaching that happened because of it, as well as how the future of the church can be changed by our work toward racial healing now. I am grateful for Gregg’s and Charles’ work, for the conversation, and I hope you find it meaningful.

You can listen to the full episode here: reclaimedpodcast.com/shows. It can also be found through iTunes or your favorite podcast player.

Will

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Don’t Be Afraid to Ask Questions

As you prepare to preach the Word of the Lord this week, I want to share a little piece from this week’s Pulpit Resource. For some time now, I have written this weekly resource to help encourage, support, and enable the work of preachers like you, tasked with the awesome burden of proclaiming the Gospel. 

I hope this helps you with this week’s text, as I work with the lectionary’s assigned Gospel Reading from Mark’s Gospel. If you would like to receive Pulpit Resource regularly as a part of your preparations, you can subscribe HERE.

As always, your partner in ministry,
—Will


“Are there any questions?” asked the professor at the end of his totally incomprehensible, turgid, opaque lecture.

Questions? Where on earth do we begin? I thought to myself.

There were no questions, I assume because nobody understood enough of the professor’s lecture even to ask a question about it!

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Court Preachers

I recently wrote a reflection for preachers in our current time, and shared it with Ministry Matters. Here is that reflection on the preachers who pander to the political powers, and the call to be gospel preachers with integrity and courage. I hope it is an encouraging word for you in your work for today.

Will

There’s a history of preachers attempting to ingratiate themselves with the powerful; some clergy are always willing to sacrifice the gospel in exchange for proximity to the crown. Louis XIV had his pet court preachers like Bossuet and Massillon who came to Versailles and, in elegant sermons, told the Sun King what he wanted to hear. Encountering mild resistance from some German Protestant preachers, Hitler elevated a prominent pastor, Ludwig Müller, to the role of Reich bishop in his new German Church and the majority of the churches stepped into line behind the Nazis. I suppose we preachers ought to be flattered that even powerful tyrants, who never care much for Jesus Christ, still require the blessing of willing preachers.

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Taking Confirmation Out of the Classroom

This year Abingdon Press brings out a new and revised edition of Making Disciples, my apprenticeship based approach to Confirmation. Since Making Disciples was launched a couple of decades ago, it has been used in thousands of churches of dozens of different denominations.  The new revision strengthens and updates the program, innovative in its inception, now setting the standard for mentoring novice Christians into the faith.

 

You can find information on the Coordinator’s Guide, Mentor’s Guide, and Confirmand’s Journal at https://www.abingdonpress.com/product/9781501848186#.W4c7iMQna1s.

 

Here’s the article from the March 16, 1988 Christian Century that launched Making Disciples and helped make this program of Confirmation one of the most widely used resources in the American church.

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