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Sermon Resources at the Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE)

Programs For The Theological Exploration Of Vocation (PTEV): This website contains the archives of an initiative that invited a group of outstanding colleges and universities to design programs to help students explore vocations. This is what they recommend. Associated with Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE)
 

Sermon Resources Collated at Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE)

 
Forum for Theological Exploration ON SOUNDCLOUD More than 55 speeches, sermons and audio files from FTE fellows, Alumni and leadership. 
 
PREACHING LIFE: This Episcopal priest and acclaimed preacher shares accounts from her personal life and 13 of her sermons. 
 
A RAY OF DARKNESS A collection of sermons and addresses that show how faith equips for engagement with the world. 
 
FAITH AND LEADERSHIP The Faith and Leadership site produced by Duke Divinity School offers reflections, resources, sermons and blog posts. 
 
WORKING PREACHER A website dedicated to “support, nurture, and inspire preachers working at the craft of creating compelling, faithful, and creative biblical sermons.” 
 
AWAKENED TO A CALLING: REFLECTIONS ON THE VOCATION OF MINISTRY Ms. Wiginton is the former VP of Ministry Programs and Planning at FTE. This is a collection of sermons on the theme of discerning a pastoral vocation. 
 
DAY1 …extensive library of lectionary-based sermons in text and audio and other helpful information for lay persons and pastors. http://fteleaders.org/resources/day1
 
FREEDOM TO FLUNK …I preached my first sermon on a chilly spring day in April 1992 in Chicago, IL. This was the pulpit in which a master preacher got up each Sunday to “break the bread of life.” However on this Sunday, this people and this preacher let the young people “run the… 
 
INTRODUCTION TO PEACE AND JUSTICE …Jesus proclaimed in His Sermon on the Mount was “Blessed are the Peacemakers.” Throughout this course, we will consider the lives of various persons who have responded to a call to be a peacemaker. We will be alert to the variety of ways such a call found expression in their… 
 
MY STORY OF CALL WITH ELISSA JOHNK …the simplicity of her sermon. As she was hearing stories about women finding strength in God’s voice, He came down to her, in that pew, and whispered, “You are my beloved. You can do this work. You can be my voice, whispering for all the world to hear.” It was… 
 
JUSTIFIED …art of writing a sermon. The consensus is it is best done with eyes peeled for possible illustrations in our daily lives that could captivate listeners and bring them closer to the heart of God. Attending the Fund for Theological Education’s Leadership Discernment Conference was precisely one of those moments… 
 
WE ARE NOT WALKING ALONE …each story told, each sermon preached, and every laugh that emanated from our souls; we were encouraging each other in our calls to ministry. One of the very first lessons I learned working with churches is how lonely a road ministry can be. Being set apart by God to serve… 
 
(P)REACHING OUT! …finishing touches on our sermons. Instead, I witnessed the celebration of work that was completed before planes landed, cars were parked, and people obtained their room keys. I watched and listened to countless sermons that left no doubt in my mind that these young ministers diligently prepared their sermons well… 
 
AFFIRMATIONS OF CALLING …with a three point sermon and well-constructed illustration. Instead of taking 20 minutes to tell these brilliant young minds what they should be doing, and how they should be doing it, I invited them to be active participants in the sermonic moment. For roughly 45 minutes the congregation and I… 
 
ON MOUNTAINS AND EMPTY SPACES …famous and aptly named Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7). It is on a mountain that Christ transfigures before Peter, James, and John (Matthew 17). Clearly, mountains are places of great transformation and significance. Yet as I progress in my vocational walk, I find myself increasingly curious about the dull… 
 
FIVE NEW FEATURES ON FTELEADERS.ORG …Resources including photos and sermons from past events, such as the 2013 Leaders in Ministry Conference, are also available in this section. Team: If you need to contact a particular team member visit the about section. Here you’ll learn what each of our roles are and why we are so… 
 
FAITH & POLITICS: CONVERSATIONS LEADING TO ACTION …in one of his sermons addressing Jesus and politics. Those words were freeing and challenging to me. Was this an invitation to initiate conversation about politics through the lens of faith? I’ll never forget June 27, 2013. It was my first date with my now husband, John. We went to… 
 
IF THE GOSPEL GATHERS… …night writing and sharing sermon ideas, I will never forget the time dedicated to helping shape our preaching skills, from the suggestions of peers and that of our mentors. I enjoyed all the many times of assisting and encouraging us in the art and presentation of preaching. In the midst… 
 
MAKING THE CHURCH MORE ACCESSIBLE TO FOLKS UNDER 35 …in place of the sermon, have everyone get in pairs in which the age differential must be at least 30 years. Have the pair ask each other these questions: What brings you joy? What is really hard in your life right now? Describe for me what an ordinary day is… 
 
EASIER SAID THAN SILENT …I have heard many sermons from the book of Job. More often than not, they have dealt with the concluding conversation between Job and God, and the notion that we are ultimately in no place to question God or God’s purposes. Unfortunately, the fact that Job survived occasionally becomes an… 
 
COLONIZER OR CO-LEARNER? …Wilderness” - Closing Worship Sermon by FTE 
 
“DO YOU NOT PERCEIVE IT?” ISAIAH 43:19 …gives out communion? Who sermonizes? The adherent who is only familiar with white or male leadership, has his/her imagination molded accordingly. Simplistically, it becomes hard for that person to readily identify a white male police officer as a perpetrator of injustice. Another example: associating God with Light, over and against… 
 
HERE COMES A HAPPY MINISTER …fail to preach a sermon that transforms, God will still be God, the world will still turn, the sun will still rise and set. What if we stopped assuming that it was all on us and started making time to have fun? What if we approached this work as if… 
 
THE BELOVED COMMUNITY …you’ve ever preached a sermon you know what I am talking about. Spiritual exhaustion is that moment when you have given or received your limit of spiritual food for the day. I mean we all get “full” when we eat right? It’s the same concept. Currently I am suffering from… 
 
WHEN YOUR CHURCH IS SILENT …didn’t expect an entire sermon on it but at least recognition of the deep pain many are feeling as a result of the verdict, and the growing racially charged chasm that’s ensued. Maybe the pastor said nothing because the congregation was predominately white, upper-middle class. Maybe it was because of the… 
 
FINDING PURPOSE IN THE FIELD …I preached my first sermon, the pastor quoted Matthew 13:44 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.” He said, Romal, your assignment… 
 
COMPENSATION FOR BEING …you spend preparing the sermon? How many people has your congregation encouraged into ministry? None of these questions, in any real sense, gets to what ministry really is. This is because ministry is not a mode of doing; ministry is a mode of being. How do you get people to…
 
OCCUPY VOCATION …I was preparing a sermon on the Gospel reading from Matthew (Matt.22.15-22) in which Jesus, handed a Roman coin, is asked, “is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar?” It seemed absurd to me not to visit the Occupiers across from the capital building, where this very question was being… 
 
BORED TO TEARS: AN ACT OF CONTRITION FOR YOUNG ADULT BELIEVERS …yawns at our tedious sermons nor attended to their polite fidgeting as the organist thumps out another nineteenth-century arrangement of a soulful ancient hymn till it pulses with the manufactured joy of a traveling carnival. We have given over our ample space to dull book groups and travelogues of the…
 

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