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Resources for Leading Amid Tragedy and Crisis.  Faith & Leadership   (Jun 28, 2016) As new leaders in the church, divinity graduates have an opportunity to see in the church “the wonder of God's miracles, the glory of God's goodness, the joy of God's humor,” writes the vicar of St Martin-in-the-Fields, London, in this sermon. Additional leadership resources. Samuel Wells:
 
Resources for Advent and Christmas   Faith & Leadership   (Oct 21, 2013) ... Begin your preparations for Advent and Christmas with resources from Faith & Leadership. These sermons, essays and stories invite you into the wonder, challenge and messiness of first a season of waiting and then a season of light and joy. 
 
News Coverage of Orlando Offers Resources for the Church    Faith & Leadership   (Jun 28, 2016) The following links were among those featured in the days after the June 12, 2016, mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, in News & Ideas, Faith & Leadership's daily compilation of headlines about the church and the world. 
 
How Should Christian Leaders Respond to Gun Violence?   Faith & Leadership   It happens. Here are resources from the Faith & Leadership archives to help in that difficult task. .... the living do. Mundane, ordinary acts of living defy that which would entomb us, says the executive director of the Massachusetts Council of Churches in a sermon preached the Sunday after the Boston Marathon bombing. 
 
Laura Everett: What the Living Do in the Aftermath of the Boston   Faith & Leadership   (Apr 21, 2013) ... Mundane, ordinary acts of living defy that which would entomb us, says the executive director of the Massachusetts Council of Churches in a sermon preached the Sunday after ... Editor's note: Faith & Leadership offers sermons that shed light on issues of Christian leadership. 
 
There is Gospel to Preach Here: Christian Leaders Respond.    Faith & Leadership   (Jun 28, 2016) ... Twelve Christian leaders across the country serving in a variety of roles tell the stories of how they responded to the massacre and offer resources to help ... The sermon was already about sowing seeds extravagantly - with reckless abandon, to anyone and everyone -- so adding in the importance given ... https://www.faithandleadership.com/there-gospel-preach-here-christian-le...
 
G. Lee Ramsey Jr.: Sermon for All Saints Day from Revelation 7:9.    Faith & Leadership   (Oct 20, 2014) Halloween, All Saints', All Souls' Day and the Day of the Dead remind us of who is in charge of life and death. They help us see God's revelation, says a Memphis pastor in this sermon. Revelation 7:9-17; Matthew 5:1-12. 
 
Christi O. Brown: Holy friendships, A Sermon on Philippians 4:1-9    Faith & Leadership   (Dec 1, 2014) A pastor in South Carolina reflects on the deep friendships that enable us to embody the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ together. https://www.faithandleadership.com/christi-o-brown-holy-friendships
 
Rachel Held Evans: What is Biblical Womanhood, Really?     Faith & Leadership   (Nov 5, 2012) Rachel Held Evans didn't chronicle her yearlong attempt to follow the Bible's instructions for women as literally as possible just to have more conversations about gender roles and women in the church, she said. The popular Christian blogger and author said she also wrote her second book to encourage ... 
 
Prince Raney Rivers: What I Learned From Preaching the Gospel of John.    Faith & Leadership   (Oct 18, 2016) Sermon series are a common practice in our congregation. A typical series lasts from three to six weeks, no more. But in December 2014, I embarked on something far more ambitious: I began preaching for nearly a year on the Gospel of John. 
 
Luke A. Powery Sermon on Luke 13:10-17: TGIF    Faith & Leadership   (Sep 9, 2013) One does not obliterate and destroy the past or the tradition, but one works to restore its joy; thus, we are open to divine disruption, says the dean of Duke University Chapel in a sermon. 
 
Jason Byassee: Scattering Seeds   Faith & Leadership   (Oct 31, 2011) Editor's note: Faith & Leadership offers sermons that shed light on issues of Christian leadership. Jason Byassee delivered this sermon on July 17, 2011, at Boone United Methodist Church in Boone, N.C.
 
Ellen F. Davis: Radical Trust  Faith and Leadership    Faith & Leadership   (Jul 25, 2011 ... Genesis 22 Editor's note: Faith & Leadership offers sermons that provide insight into Christian leadership. Ellen F. Davis preached this sermon on June 26, 2011, at Duke Chapel. A thought experiment: If they had asked me to edit the Bible ( whoever “they” is, perhaps the Holy Spirit or the Heavenly Council.
 
Charles Hambrick-Stowe: Vocation in Flesh and Blood   Faith & Leadership   (Apr 21, 2010) I explained my plan for a sermon series on faith and work to a church member who makes his living in the business world. The idea was to explore how people relate Sunday morning. They are all aware of contradictions and temptations. They all call upon the resources of their faith in the secular setting. 
 
Kara K. Root: Stop. Rest. Come Back to Real Life.    Faith & Leadership   (Mar 22, 2016) Editor's note: Faith & Leadership offers sermons that shed light on issues of Christian leadership. The following sermon was preached at Lake Nokomis Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, by the Rev. Kara K. Root on March 6, 2016. Mark 10:17-31. 
 
Samuel Wells: Let Earth and Heaven Agree   Faith & Leadership   (May 21, 2012)  www.PreachingandWorship.org aims to provide easy access to excellent online resources for preparing sermons and worship services for a wide range of denominations and traditions. It is a collaborative project of the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship and the Christian Classics Ethereal Library / www.Hymnary.org.
 
Charles Hambrick-Stowe: What's Christian about a Christian?   Faith & Leadership   (Apr 6, 2011) "Would you be willing to participate in my next 'Faith and Work' sermon?" I asked this of a woman in her early thirties who, along with her husband, is very active in our church. She is the third generation of her family to run an important regional business, a lumberyard and construction supply company. 
 
Resources for Ash Wednesday, Lent, Holy Week and Easter    Faith & Leadership   (Feb 24, 2014) It is the start of the holiest time of the year, a season of preparation that leads to the celebration of Easter. Begin your preparations for Lent and Easter with these essays, sermons and stories from Faith & Leadership. 
 
Humor as a Mark of Life-Giving Leadership   Faith & Leadership   (Jun 7, 2010) Luke tells us, however, that Paul gave way to the preacher's perennial problem: a long-winded sermon. “Paul talked with them,” writes Luke, and “prolonged his speech until midnight. ... A young man named Eutychus was sitting in the window . He sank into a deep sleep as Paul talked on and on and on. 
 
Stanley Hauerwas: Recognizing Jesus   Faith & Leadership   (Jun 13, 2012) Editor's note: Faith & Leadership offers sermons that shed light on issues of Christian leadership. This sermon was originally preached at Duke's Goodson Chapel on Feb. 2, 2012, for the Feast of the Presentation. Malachi 3:1-4; Psalm 24:7-10; Hebrews 2:14-18; Luke 2:22-40. 
 
Busy, Busy, Busy   Faith & Leadership   (March 23, 2008) The story of Mary Magdalene at the tomb illustrates the importance of taking the time to live as we say we want to live, Lillian Daniel says in an Easter sermon. Monday, April 18, 2011. Preached at First Congregational Church (UCC) in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. 
 
Justin Morgan: It's Sunday, But Monday's Coming   Faith and Leadership     Faith & Leadership   (Dec 3, 2012) Editor's note: Faith & Leadership offers sermons that shed light on issues of Christian leadership. This sermon was preached at Edenton Street United Methodist Church in Raleigh, N.C., on April 15, 2012. 1 Corinthians 15:51-58 I've consistently held a job since I was about 12 years old. 
 
Lisa Nichols Hickman: Considering Lily   Faith & Leadership   (Apr 23, 2012) And that is precisely what Jesus urges in these words from the Sermon on the Mount: stop worrying about the things of low importance. ... an award for this program -- significantly, for “excellence in collaboration” -- for its efforts in making connections between resources and agencies to address the problem. 
 
Resources for Pentecost.   Faith & Leadership   (May 28, 2014) Reflect on Pentecost and the coming of the Holy Spirit with essays and sermons from Faith & Leadership by C. Kavin Rowe, Jo Bailey Wells, Michael Jinkins and others. Includes thoughts on language, diversity, listening, imagination and the Book of Acts. 
 
Blog   Faith & Leadership   Find curated resources for preachers. PreachingandWorship.org aims to provide easy access to excellent online resources for preparing sermons and worship services for a wide range of denominations and traditions. It is a collaborative project of the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship and the Christian Classics Ethereal. 
 
Edgar Moore: The Limits of Ordinary Vision   Faith & Leadership   (Mar 19, 2012) Editor's note: Faith & Leadership offers sermons that shed light on issues of Christian leadership. Edgar Moore prepared this sermon for Faith & Leadership for the fifth Sunday in Lent. John 12:20-33. 
 
Luke A. Powery: Our Own Native Tongue   Faith & Leadership   (May 24, 2015) Editor's note: Faith & Leadership offers sermons that shed light on issues of Christian leadership. This sermon was preached in Duke University's Baldwin Auditorium.  Acts 2:1-21 After ... Understanding is gifted to us, because we don't have the resources to manufacture it. 
 
Profound Sermons   Faith & Leadership   (May 4, 2016) Scratching the surface of profound truth Baptist News Global: It's not necessary to compile every profound thought about God and human life and scripture into every single sermon. But coming to that realization always involves a little bit of grief, says Amy Butler. 
 
Everything's Never Going to be All Right   Faith & Leadership   (Apr 4, 2011) Editor's note: Faith & Leadership offers sermons that shed light on issues of Christian leadership. This sermon was delivered on Yom Kipper in 2007 at Temple Micah in Glenside, Pa. There's an old saying - still totally relevant today -  that the job of a clergyperson is to “comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.
 
Christian Leaders are Sharing God's Abundance   Faith & Leadership   (Mar 22, 2009) You can hear the absolute pragmatism in the disciples' question -- where is the food, the money, the resources going to come from? No matter what the Biblical story ... The best strategic advice for our time may come from John Wesley in a sermon titled, “The Use of Money.” 
 
Edgar Moore: Struggling out of the Valley of Shadows   Faith & Leadership   (Nov 7, 2011) Editor's note: Faith & Leadership offers sermons that shed light on issues of Christian leadership. Ed Moore delivered this sermon on Oct. 25, 2011, at a retreat at Lake Junaluska for Spirited Life, a multi-year health and wellness program and behavioral health study offered by the Duke Clergy Health.
 
Jason Byassee: Innovation and the Prudential Means of Grace   Faith & Leadership   (May 22, 2012)  PreachingandWorship.org aims to provide easy access to excellent online resources for preparing sermons and worship services for a wide range of denominations and traditions. It is a collaborative project of the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship and the Christian Classics Ethereal Library / Hymnary.org
 
But It Shall Not Be So With You    Faith & Leadership   (Nov 2, 2009) Editor's note: Faith & Leadership offers sermons that shed light on issues of Christian leadership. This sermon was preached Oct. 22, 2009, in Duke University Chapel. Click here to hear a recorded version of Samuel Wells' conversation about leadership in difficult times, part of Duke's “Office Hours” series.  
 
The Woman Behind Textweek.com    Faith & Leadership   When her son was diagnosed with autism, Jenee Woodard had to give up her dream of a career as an academic scholar. Instead, she created The Text This Week, an influential trove of online resources for pastors writing sermons, Christian leaders and educators. Monday, July 1, 2013. Jenee Woodard is a bustling.
 
James Earl Massey: Adjusting to God   Faith & Leadership   (Nov 28, 2010)  James Earl Massey has served churches and educational institutions for more than 50 years, walking alongside such seminal leaders as Martin Luther King Jr., and Howard Thurman. The passing of great leaders, he says, does not mean their tradition will die also. 
 
Kyle Childress Curating Resources   Faith & Leadership   Find curated resources for preachers. www.PreachingandWorship.org aims to provide easy access to excellent online resources for preparing sermons and worship services for a wide range of denominations and traditions. It is a collaborative project of the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship and the Christian Classics Ethereal. 
 
Mark Ralls: In the Creche and on the Cross    Faith & Leadership   (Apr 9, 2012)  PreachingandWorship.org aims to provide easy access to excellent online resources for preparing sermons and worship services for a wide range of denominations and traditions. It is a collaborative project of the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship and the Christian Classics Ethereal Library / Hymnary.org. 
 
Preaching in Big Churches   Faith & Leadership   (Mar 7, 2016) Big churches are better, megachurch pastor says; attending small church is ' selfish' Alabama Media Group: Megachurch Pastor Andy Stanley preached a sermon last Sunday that criticized people who attend small churches, calling them "stinking selfish." 

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