Craft of Preaching 2020

Episode Archive

Episode Archive

17 episodes of Craft of Preaching 2020 since the first episode, which aired on October 26th, 2020.

  • Let the Girls Live Closing Sermon by Joy J. Moore

    October 26th, 2020  |  23 mins 57 secs
    christian, coronavirus, covid-19, craft of preaching, homiletics, hope, joy moore, leader, ministry, pandemic, preacher, preaching, sermon

    "Let the Girls Live": Sermon on Exodus 1:8-22 by Joy J. Moore, Professor of Biblical Preaching, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Academic Dean, Luther Seminary. This sermon was preached at the virtual 2020 Craft of Preaching.

  • Panel Discussion - Worship Preachers and Andrew Root

    October 26th, 2020  |  49 mins 47 secs
    andrew root, christian, coronavirus, covid-19, craft of preaching, homiletics, hope, jared alcántara, joy moore, kenyatta gilbert, leader, matthew skinner, ministry, pandemic, preacher, preaching, sermon

    This panel was presented at the virtual 2020 Craft of Preaching.

  • 2070 New World Order for Healing Prophetic Wisdom and Traditions in the Sermonic Moment with Beverly Wallace

    October 26th, 2020  |  54 mins 17 secs
    beverly wallace, christian, coronavirus, covid-19, craft of preaching, homiletics, hope, leader, ministry, pandemic, preacher, preaching, sermon

    This workshop was given at the virtual 2020 Craft of Preaching. In 1990, President Bush laid out his vision for a New World Order to address the Persian Gulf Crisis suggesting that the country would be “free from the threat of terror, stronger in the pursuit of justice, and secure in the quest for peace”. He suggested that the era would be one when the nation could prosper in harmony. The poet and writer Sylvia Wynter suggests in her work “1492: New World View” that perhaps the original purpose of this country, although structured with domination and subjugation, could be re-imagined to embrace diverse people who could co-exist. More recently, the presenter of this workshop proposed that a 2020 New World Order might come with the use of imagination and futuristic ideas. Based on the hope for “civil harmony” and using lyrical words, writings and poetry, this workshop will engage participants in dialogue by wrestling with the following question: “Using prophetic wisdom and tradition, how might a sermonic moment propose a futuristic way of healing for this country and this world?”

  • Gathering in Community Across the Digital Divide with Jeni Grangaard & Tom Witt

    October 26th, 2020  |  59 mins 40 secs
    christian, coronavirus, covid-19, craft of preaching, digital church, homiletics, hope, jeni grangaard, leader, ministry, online church, online worship, pandemic, preacher, preaching, sermon, tom witt, virtual church

    We are all encountering challenges and gifts of gathering for worship during a time of pandemic. In this workshop, presented at the virtual 2020 Craft of Preaching, Jeni Grangaard and Tom Witt will share from their experience leading live worship for non-techy people and think together ways to engage Word and Song, Prayer and Community.

  • Families, the Good Life, the Need for a Story: Or Why Everything Else is More Important than Confirmation with Andrew Root

    October 26th, 2020  |  59 mins 25 secs
    andrew root, andy root, children youth family, christian, confirmation, coronavirus, covid-19, craft of preaching, cyf, family life, family worship, homiletics, hope, leader, ministry, pandemic, preacher, preaching, sermon, youth ministry

    This workshop took place at the virtual 2020 Craft of Preaching. Most families have limited time and space for confirmation. Often parents (and youth) express desire to participate, but say they have no time. A parent might even say, “Sorry, we haven’t gotten her to confirmation in the last six months; it's just that gymnastics is kind of her thing—it's really who she is.” This can be frustrating for pastors. Some respond by contending that confirmation needs to up the commitment level and move higher up the ranking of things. In this presentation, we will together explore how this approach cannot work because the decisions parents and young people make exist inside very deep conceptions of what makes for a good life. In a time of limited time and unlimited options, youth ministry or confirmation can’t—and shouldn’t—compete in the ranking of important activities. Confirmation should not be just another thing (like basketball, violin, or debate club). Instead, we should turn toward the story to re-imagine what confirmation can be for.

  • How to Preach in Uncertain Times with Lisa Cressman

    October 26th, 2020  |  58 mins 30 secs
    christian, coronavirus, covid-19, craft of preaching, election, homiletics, hope, leader, lisa cressman, ministry, pandemic, politics, preacher, preaching, sermon

    This plenary session was given at the virtual 2020 Craft of Preaching. In our current national climate, even the beatitudes can be perceived as political. How do we offer challenging, necessary sermons about living the way of Christ in our current circumstances—while ensuring our message can be heard over partisan bias?

  • The Pastor in a Secular Age with Andrew Root

    October 26th, 2020  |  38 mins 54 secs
    andrew root, andy root, christian, coronavirus, covid-19, craft of preaching, homiletics, hope, leader, ministry, pandemic, preacher, preaching, secular, secular age, sermon

    Being a pastor is no easy task in our time. Institutions are weaker, budgets are in decline, people are uninterested, and commitment is wavering. But these are only symptoms of a bigger issue. This presentation will seek to peer beneath the symptoms and explore why many pastors find themselves in an identity crisis. The presentation examines what living in a secular age does to pastoral identity and how pastors can find new footing within it. This plenary session was given at the virtual 2020 Craft of Preaching.

  • Preaching About the Bible with Matthew Skinner

    October 26th, 2020  |  53 mins 46 secs
    bible, christian, coronavirus, covid-19, craft of preaching, homiletics, hope, leader, ministry, pandemic, preacher, preaching, sermon

    This workshop was given at the virtual 2020 Craft of Preaching. Sermons aren’t lectures. Yet every sermon is a teaching event in which preachers implicitly and explicitly sow ideas about what kind of book the Bible is and how it is supposed to be read. How can our sermons, without becoming lectures, guide congregations toward thoughtful ways of thinking about the Bible and what kinds of “authority” we might attach to it? Especially now, when our congregants are so isolated and our public life is so polarizing, how can we craft sermons that help people see the value of taking a variety of perspectives into account when reading and thinking about the scriptures?

  • More Than a Story: Strategies for Teaching the Bible's Poetic Texts with Cameron B.R. Howard

    October 26th, 2020  |  30 mins 19 secs
    cameron howard, christian, coronavirus, covid-19, craft of preaching, homiletics, hope, leader, ministry, pandemic, preacher, preaching, sermon

    This workshop was held at the virtual 2020 Craft of Preaching. Much of our preaching tends to focus on narrative: the stories of Jesus, the stories of the Old Testament, or even “God’s story” as it unfolds across the Bible. Yet over one quarter of the Bible is poetry, not prose. While some of these poems also tell stories, most function in a very different way than narrative: voicing emotion, praising or crying out to God, or, as in the prophets, imagining a future of either judgment or hope. In this workshop, we will review the characteristics of biblical poetry and explore strategies for preaching the poems of the Bible effectively, with particular attention to poetic texts from RCL Year B.

  • Unpacking the Sermon with Kenyatta R. Gilbert

    October 26th, 2020  |  43 mins 54 secs
    christian, coronavirus, covid-19, craft of preaching, homiletics, hope, kenyatta r. gilbert, leader, ministry, pandemic, preacher, preaching, sermon

    Kenyatta R. Gilbert, Professor of Homiletics, Howard University School of Divinity, discusses what went into his sermon on Joel 2:23-32 at the 2020 virtual Craft of Preaching.

  • Preaching to a Politically Purple Congregation with Michael Binder

    October 26th, 2020  |  37 mins 58 secs
    christian, coronavirus, covid-19, craft of preaching, election, homiletics, hope, leader, michael binder, ministry, pandemic, politics, preacher, preaching, sermon

    This workshop, given at the virtual 2020 Craft of Preaching, discusses the challenge of preaching to a congregation that is politically diverse, especially during election season! Topics include practical ways to highlight how our Christian identity and common pursuit of God's mission can bring unity in the midst of divided times.

  • The Hard Texts with Michael Chan: Spiritual Practices and Hermeneutical Approaches for Preaching the Bible’s Most Challenging Passages

    October 26th, 2020  |  55 mins 55 secs
    bible, christian, coronavirus, covid-19, craft of preaching, homiletics, hope, leader, michael chan, ministry, pandemic, preacher, preaching, sermon

    Preachers everywhere have had this experience: We encounter texts that make us uncomfortable, and instead of preaching on them, we set them aside in favor of less unruly options. As American churches become more ideologically and educationally sorted, the temptation to avoid and dismiss uncomfortable texts will become greater. But sweeping untidy texts under the proverbial rug creates more problems than it solves. As preachers, we may think we are doing our congregations a favor when we hide theological problems from them. We are not. At the heart of the Protestant Reformation is an epic struggle with some of the Bible’s most challenging texts. Engagement with hard texts is part of our theological inheritance. This workshop will encourage preachers to tackle unloved texts in ways that publicly confront harmful interpretations and create stronger readers who are able to wrestle with discomfort.

  • Checking the Boxes - Kenyatta R. Gilbert

    October 26th, 2020  |  31 mins 42 secs
    christian, coronavirus, covid-19, craft of preaching, homiletics, hope, kenyatta r. gilbert, leader, ministry, pandemic, preacher, preaching, sermon

    Kenyatta R. Gilbert, Professor of Homiletics, Howard University School of Divinity, preaches a sermon on Joel 2:23-32 at the 2020 virtual Craft of Preaching.

  • Panel Discussion - Worship Preachers

    October 26th, 2020  |  59 mins 44 secs
    christian, coronavirus, covid-19, craft of preaching, homiletics, hope, jared alcántara, joy moore, kenyatta gilbert leader, ministry, pandemic, preacher, preaching, sermon

    The preachers from the 2020 virtual Craft of Preaching conference discuss their sermon process.

  • Unpacking the Sermon with Jared Alcántara

    October 26th, 2020  |  43 mins 44 secs
    christian, coronavirus, covid-19, craft of preaching, homiletics, hope, jared alcántara, leader, ministry, pandemic, preacher, preaching, sermon

    Jared Alcántara discusses what went into his sermon on1 Peter 3:8-22 at the 2020 virtual Craft of Preaching. Alcántara is Associate Professor of Preaching and holder of the Paul W. Powell Endowed Chair in Preaching, Baylor’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary. The Craft of Preaching was hosted in the Faith+Lead learning lab.

  • Virtual Happy Hour with the Fleshpots of Egypt

    October 26th, 2020  |  39 mins 20 secs
    christian, coronavirus, covid-19, craft of preaching, homiletics, hope, jared alcántara, leader, ministry, pandemic, preacher, preaching, sermon

    The Fleshpots of Egypt perform live bluegrass at the 2020 virtual Craft of Preaching. Sing along with band members Rolf Jacobson, Steve Thompson, Scott Simmons, and Jeff Engblom.