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Sermon Resources Collated at 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)
Forum for Theological Exploration ON SOUNDCLOUD More than 55 speeches, sermons and audio files from FTE fellows, Alumni and leadership. 


The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship

     Calvin Institute of Christian Worship features resources to help preachers develop effective sermons and find examples of good sermons on specific themes or Scripture passages. Articles on the website, such as the Showcase piece "Planning Worship Series Ahead," by well-known worship mentor Howard Vanderwell, help motivate pastors to write sermons that have the most impact on the spiritual life of their congregations.

Calvin Institute Of Christian Worship: The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship (CICW) promotes the study of Christian worship and the renewal of worship in worshiping communities worldwide.

     The Calvin Institute Of Christian Worship offers a wide range of practical resources and scholarly works for congregational leaders, pastors, teachers of worships, students, artists, and all interested in worship. These resources serve as tools for preparing, planning for, and leading worship as well as for studying the history, theology, and practice of worship worldwide. The website provides free resources primarily in the form of articles, audio files, slideshow and video presentations, plus links to purchase Worship Institute books, cds, and hymnals: we have co-sponsored over 90 titles with five major publishers.

  Video and audio presentations about improving worship.  

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  Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Resource Library   

 Sermon Resources from Calvin Institute of Christian Worship  

 Bruce Theron on Word and Worship, a South African Lectionary Resource

 The Challenges and Opportunities of Preaching Matthew

 Wording the Sunday Sermon

 Preaching to and with Millennials

Further Sermon Resources from Calvin Institute of Christian Worship


Christian Holiday Calendar

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Nov 24     Thanksgiving Sermon Ideas And Tips For Worship Planning

Dec 25     Christmas - Ideas And Tips For Advent, Christmas Worship Planning

April    Planning For Lent, Palm Sunday, Easter: Helpful Ideas For An Inspiring Holy Season


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Practicing Our Faith 

      Fifteen sermon ideas can be found on the Practicing Our Faith website — a dozen core practices that enhance Christian discipleship. Each practice can serve as a theme for a single sermon or a sermon series. The accompanying resources for each theme make it possible to carry it into adult study programs.


Honoring the Body Sermons 

Hospitality Sermons

Household Economics Sermons 

Keeping Sabbath Sermons

Testimony Sermons

Discernment Sermons

Shaping Communities



Dying Well

Singing Our Lives

What are Practices?

Another Practice

Multiple Practices

Sharing Food


Further Sermon Resources From Practicing Our Faith


Fuller Studios Communal Sermons & Scripture Study

A selection of Sermons, Audio and Videos from Fuller Studios.


Christian Theological Seminary Sermon Helps

Christian Theological Seminary Sermon Helps Looking for more online resources to assist in your preaching? These Centers and Projects offer excellent resources and gateways into more resources to help with your own sermon method, your own sermon preparation. More  Sermon Resources

African American Lectionary Sermons 2008-2012

Sermon Resources on Insights Into Religion & African American Lectionary Sermons

The African American Lectionary offers unique sermon and worship resources targeting the experience of being African American and Christian in the U.S. today. Built from the Common Lectionary readings, weekly material includes sermon themes, illustrations, and multimedia resources.

Further Sermon Resources from African American Lectionary on Insights Into Religion

African American Sermon Illustrations

Resources offered by the African American Lectionary to clergy and church leaders include an extensive selection of sermon illustrations provided by prominent African American theologians and clergy, indexed by title. Access the collection here.


Religion News

Religion Newswriters is an organization of religion news reporters and writers and offers material that may be helpful to the development and illustration of sermon ideas. ReligionLink's religion story ideas and resources are updated regularly, as are the Religion Headlines, which include feeds from popular religion blogs, academic sites and mainstream media, organized by topic.


Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly

Selected Sermon Resources from PBS' Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly provides timely analysis of contemporary news and religious events by host Bob Abernethy. The site includes archived shows and video clips that can be integrated into worship services, and the site’s Educational Resources tab provides material for teachers of religious education.

Riverside Church Installation Sermon for Brad Braxton | Jun 12, 2009 ... A sermon delivered by Dr. Robert M. Franklin at the installation of the Reverend Dr. Brad R. Braxton, Senior Minister of The Riverside Church, New York City, April 26, 2009. For we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake." [Watch Now]. 

Faith and Family in America, Part Three: African-American Families ...Nov 11, 2005 ... LUCKY SEVERSON: Pastor Darrell Armstrong at the podium of the Shiloh Baptist Church in Trenton, New Jersey. His sermon is devoted to the status of families in America, especially black families. Pastor ARMSTRONG (During Sermon): I am tired of seeing families destroyed. I am tired of seeing families  [Watch Now]. 

The Rev. Christian Fuhrer Extended Interview | November 6, 2009 ... Twenty years ago, a nonviolent movement emerged from the sanctuary of historic St. Nikolai Evangelical Lutheran Church in Leipzig. It was rooted, according to its pastor, in weekly prayers for peace and readings from the Sermon on the Mount that countered "the reality of political hopelessness." [Read Transcript

Prosperity Gospel | August 17, 2007 | Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly ... Aug 17, 2007 ... An interpretation of Jesus' teachings that emphasizes wealth and prosperity seems to be spreading fast, especially in many African-American churches. But critics are calling the “prosperity gospel” a distortion of authentic Christian faith. [Read Transcript

Religion and Hate Crimes | June 12, 2009 | Religion & Ethics ... I'm giving a children/youth sermon tomorrow about hate crimes, both the shooting of the Lutheran doctor in Kansas and the shooting of the security guard at the Holocaust Museum. I am printing copies of this interview to give to the children/ youth for them and for their parents to read. We believe love can ... [Watch Now

Interview: Rev. Dr. Brad Braxton | July 2, 2009 |  This past Sunday at the Riverside Church was Pride Sunday, and I publicly on multiple occasions, including my Sunday sermon, declared myself proudly to be a heterosexual ally for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer persons and preached a sermon about struggling for the rights and dignity of ... [Watch now]  

Listen Now / Read the Transcript | September 5, 2008 | People are looking at the sermons that they've preached and the theology that they've taught. And certainly in this age of “YouTube” and blogging, it's being sent all over the place and being given a real political spin too. ABERNETHY: You were at the Democratic Convention as well as the Republican ...[Watch Now

Jewish Jesus | August 10, 2012 | Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly | PBS LAWTON: She says his teachings, such as in the famous Sermon on the Mount, are expansions of teachings in the Torah. PROFESSOR LEVINE: He's going to the law and bringing out the heart of it, which is also what Jewish teaching does. So he says not only don't murder; he actually says you have to ... [Read Transcript

Christmas Peace | December 20, 2013 | According to the Christmas story in the Bible, angels proclaimed “peace on earth” when they announced the birth of Jesus. In 1967, in a Christmas Eve sermon, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. said that “we neither have peace within nor peace without.” How do contemporary Christians understand Christmas as ... [Watch Now]. 

HOW SHALL THEY PREACH? by Gardner C. Taylor | Aug 18, 2006 ... I've gleaned so much from watching YouTube clips of his sermons and interviews. He has so much to teach those of us who continuously wrestle with the call to ministry/pastoring/preaching! James A. Tribbett Sr • 5 years ago. Dr Garner C. Taylor, has always been Known to open up The Word like a can of ... [Watch Now


Further Resources from Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly


On Being

On Being Sermon Resources

Selected Sermon Resources from On Being with Krista Tippett 

   Tippett’s award-winning radio program, On Being, features in-depth conversations with inspirational people of faith from a variety of spiritual traditions. 

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Story Telling Resources From Auburn Theological Seminary

Auburn Theological SeminaryAdichie, Chimamanda Ngozi, TED Talk: The Danger Of A Single Story

Bailey, Rev. Jen and Micky Scott Bey Jones at Faith Matters Network

Bell, Tameka and She Speaks: Restorative Narrative for Black Women

Ganz, Marshall on Moyers & Company, PBS, 5/10/13.

Lau-Lavie, Rabbi Amichai, founder of Lab/Shul and Storahtelling

Vandecarr, Paul, Storytelling and Social Change Guide

The Narrative Initiative, Toward New Gravity: Charting a Course for the Narrative Initiative

Learning Pastoral Imagination  [PDF} Learning Pastoral Imagination, A Five-Year Report On How New Ministers Learn in Practice by Christian A.B. Scharen and Eileen R. Campbell-Reed (Winter 2016) Auburn Theological Seminary. Understanding ministry today is far from a self-evident exercise. Is it a calling? A professional role? A particular kind of identity conferred through licensing or ordination? How is ministry like other professions? How is it unique? How is preparation for ministry different across theological traditions and denominations? What conditions are needed to prepare ministers for the wise practice of ministry? How are schools, classes, and teachers in theological education getting it right? What changes are needed in the schools and curricula of theological education in order to prepare ministers for their work at the intersections of human suffering and divine redemption? How can ministers be prepared for the complexity of mission and ministry today, rather than being inducted into patterns of ministry prevalent in eras now long past?

Resistance as Act of Love: A Sermon by Rev. Paul Brandeis Raushenbush, delivered at Chelsea Community Church on November 13, 2016. Rev. Paul Brandeis Raushenbush is Senior Vice President at Auburn Seminary and Editor of Voices and Auburn Seminary.

Auburn Voices is a media platform for the multifaith movement for social justice.  Auburn voices offers thoughtful discourse on the power of faith and moral courage to mobilize for a more just and peaceful world. 


Research and Support Data

The American Theological Library Association is an association of theological libraries and librarians. Through the ATLAS for ALUM program, alumni of member educational institutions are given access to the association’s full-text collection of more than 140 major religion and theology journals.

The Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA) offers quick access to a wealth of information and data on American and international religion with features such as Quicklists and Quickstats as well as an interactive Religion Timeline. The site’s companion blog, Ahead of the Trend, offers biweekly introductions to the latest news in religion research.  The ARDA is a great source of sermon ideas and sermon-support material.


Bible Project YouTube Videos

    The Bible Project creates videos that show the Bible as a unified story that leads to Jesus. The Bible is literary genius and has divine wisdom for the modern world.



The Five Most Common Preaching Mistakes From The Academy Of Preaching And Celebration

As the world moves solidly into the technological age, consumers increasingly expect high “production value” in their consumed content. That expectation permeates all aspects of life, including the church, where high-quality, effective preaching is in demand. Homiletics professor Frank A. Thomas of the Academy of Preaching and Celebration and Christian Theological Seminary notes that some people have an “innate gift for the task.” However, “for the rest of us, high-quality and effective preaching can be achieved with and by method.”

In a series of five videos, Thomas explores common preaching preparation and delivery errors and makes suggestions on how to function more powerfully in each area. Topics include sermon structure, effective, transitional endings, proper use of “bad news,” keeping the Gospel front and center, and immersion in Scripture. Each video runs 3 to 4 minutes, and points to a chapter in Thomas’ book, “The Like to Never Quit Praisin’ God: The Role of Celebration in Preaching.” For more on how to prepare a good sermon, see our feature article, “The Challenges of Writing a Sermon and Tips for Sermon Preparation.”

The Academy Of Preaching And Celebration seeks to generate excellence in preaching and worship by exploring the genius of the African-American tradition to transform the church and world through deepened faith and biblical practice


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Center For Pastoral Excellence


Center For Pastoral Excellence: A strategic initiative that addresses the long arc of ministry — from vocational discernment to seminary training to sustaining outstanding ministers and pastors throughout their lifetimes. 


4 Reasons You Should Be using An Annual Preaching Calendar    Free Download a 2018 Preaching Calendar


5 Reasons to Use a Manuscript When You Preach the Benefits of "Word For Word" Sermon Notes    Download 3 Free Giving Sermons


3 Ways to Create a More Generous Culture in Your Church Leading Your Church to A Blessed Life 


National Study Of Youth And Religion Sermon Resources

Sermon Resources from the National Study Of Youth And Religion: The National Study of Youth and Religion is a research project designed to enhance our understanding of the religious lives of American youth from adolescence into young adulthood. [More Resources] 


Christian Classics Ethereal Library


The Christian Classics Ethereal Library is a free searchable digital library of hundreds of classic Christian books





    Audio books including Spiritual Canticle of the Soul and the Bridegroom Christ by St. John of the Cross; Life of God in the Soul of Man by Henry Scougal; Centuries of Meditations (4th and 5th Centuries) by Thomas Traherne; Ascent of Mount Carmel by St. John of the Cross; The Master's Indwelling by Andrew Murray; The Two Covenants by Andrew Murray; Westminster Shorter Catechism; Edward M. Bounds's Weapons of Prayer; John Calvin's On the Christian Life; and many more. 


   The Christian Classics Ethereal Library is a free searchable digital library of hundreds of classic Christian books — with volumes continually being added. The mission of the Christian Classics Ethereal Library is to build up the church by making classic Christian literature widely available and promoting its use for edification and study by interested Christians, seekers and scholars. The CCEL accomplishes this by selecting, collecting, distributing and promoting valuable literature online and through other media.


   Daily Devotions from Christian Classics Ethereal Library (CCEL).  


   Study a Bible Passage from Christian Classics Ethereal Library (CCEL) The Bible studies included several different bibles including the American Standard Version and the King James Bible. There are commentaries from John Calvin, Matthew Henry, and  Jamieson, Fausset & Brown. Each bible (New and Old Testament) passage is also linked to hymns, inspirational quotes, sermons, meditations and other references. 


   Online Discussion Groups / Book Clubs  It's like a Book Club, Online. Have you ever wanted to discuss a book with others? Have you considered the possibilities that an on-line book group might provide: a measure of accountability, a more structured format for daily devotions, or an opportunity to share your thoughts and insights with others. We hope that group members will get to know each other and consider praying for each other as they study these valuable books together. You can also lead a book discussion if you would like to volunteer.



Center For Congregations


The Center for Congregations works to strengthen Indiana congregations by hosting events and workshops and seeking out and sharing the latest resources available to congregations. While its work is based in Indiana, the Center shares its findings and educational material with congregations everywhere on its website, and through its newsletter, Centerpiece, and its blog, Centerview. Resources for small membership congregations. 


Applying Positive Deviance, a Resource from the Center for Congregations

What if there was a way to solve your congregation’s most pressing problem? What if an approach exists that will solve something that was intractable, unmovable, resistant to all your efforts? Would you be interested? Or would you be hesitant, possibly suspicious? There is an approach that can help you solve an arduous challenge, and the solution already exists in your community. This approach has been used in many spheres of life, including nutrition, health care and education. Yet it hasn’t been translated to spiritual life or the flourishing of congregations. This document will introduce you to the untapped approach called positive deviance. http://thecrg.org/content/files/Positive-Deviance.pdf


   Youth ministry resource suggestions


   Congregational Resource Guide: The Congregational Resource Guide (CRG) is an online tool designed to help congregational leaders find resources to address their individual needs. The tool allows you to search and save articles and relevant information, and create a workspace for your congregation. 


More Sermon Resources from Center for Congregations.



Discipleship Project


Discipleship Project: A Groundbreaking Approach To Theological Education Inspired By Jesus Pedagogy In The New Testament.

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Further Discipleship Project Sermon Resources



Christian Theological Seminary (CTS)


Sermon Helps Looking for more online resources to assist in your preaching? These Centers and Projects offer excellent resources and gateways into more resources to help with your own sermon method, your own sermon preparation. Academy of Preachers, Sermon Helps, CTS Home, Day1 Over 15 years’ worth of lectionary-based sermon transcripts, as well as audio sermons. 


Resources: CTS Home, and links below explore, from the method perspective, what is good preaching and what mode of sermon, preaching can be achieved with and by method. We are excited to present sermon method tools: lectures, articles, video clips, recommended books, and other resources to help preachers improve, in the series, please see the Five Most Common Mistakes in Preaching page. Additional resources. 


Books and Articles:  The Homiletical Plot, Expanded Edition: The Sermon as Narrative Art Form. Louisville: Westminster John Knox. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 1995. Additional resources Download a full bibliography (PDF, 445KB) of suggested resources from Frank A. Thomas. Join Us facebook.


PEN participates in the Colloquium on Strengthening Christian Preaching: In what ways might peer learning strengthen the teaching of preaching today so that preachers are better prepared for the opportunities and challenges facing the North American church? This was the central question that brought Chris Braudaway-Bauman and Lawrence Peers of the Pastoral Excellence Network (PEN) to the Colloquium on Strengthening Christian Preaching, which was hosted by the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship in Grand Rapids on May 28-29, 2014, a few organizations that provide online and media resources to preachers were present. Over 50 people, and media resources currently available to preachers and peer learning groups. The conversations, Additionally, they received two books on preaching co-authored by participants in the Colloquium: A Sermon.


Full Bibliography: The Word in Me and I Can Sing It, You Know: A Study of the Performed African-American Sermon, Proclaiming God’s Word. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2003. Delivering the Sermon: Voice, Body. Designing the Sermon: Order and Movement In Preaching. Abingdon Preacher's Library. Nashville, to Sermon (Elements of Preaching. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2008. Mitchell, Ella Pearson. Those, Valley Forge, PA: Judson Press, 1992. The Certain Sound of the Trumpet: Crafting a Sermon. 


Faith & Leadership Sermon Resources


Faith & Leadership is the web magazine of Leadership Education at Duke Divinity, which strengthens the practice of Christian institutional leadership. 


Sustainable Design at Faith & Leadership. The vibrancy of an institution depends on its sustainability over time. 


Leadership Education at Duke Divinity 312 Blackwell St., Suite 101 Durham, NC 27701    [email protected]   919.613.5323


A Selection of Faith & Leadership Sermon ResourcesFaith & Leadership is the web magazine of Leadership Education at Duke Divinity, which strengthens the practice of Christian institutional leadership. 


   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. 


Further Faith & Leadership Sermon Resources



Faith Communities Today Sermon Resources


Faith Communities Today is the public dissemination effort of a group of researchers and religious leaders who were responsible for, in 2000, the largest survey ever of congregations. 2015 National Survey Report American churches, synagogues and other faith communities are changing. This recent report describes the key findings from the 2015 national survey of churches and other religious communities in the United States.  It offers a profile of congregational life and presents a comprehensive look at the trends across 15 years of survey findings. 


The Effect of Seminary Education on The Content of Sermons "Education for religious leaders provides a unique challenge. Higher education, and particularly seminary Master’s and post-Master’s education, seems to have a noticeable effect on the style of sermon presentation. The references such pastors use in their sermon are more likely to be drawn from literature and news events. At the same time, seminary graduates are more likely to engage in ecumenical worship and community social ministries. However, broad educational experience in the congregation, and perhaps even seminary education, seems to have a negative impact on many basic religious values. Churches served by seminary graduates are less likely to maintain traditional religious-moral values and also are less likely to be committed to preserving denominational heritage. Further, clergy with a seminary education are no more likely than other clergy to be in congregations that have a strong social justice orientation and are very much less likely to be in congregations that deal openly with conflict and disagreement."  



Forum For Theological Exploration Sermon Resources


Forum For Theological Exploration: The FTE website is for future church leaders, those who teach them and the congregations and communities who call them. FTE is an ecumenical nonprofit advocate for excellence and diversity in pastoral ministry and theological scholarship. It supports the next generation of leaders among pastors, educators and scholars, providing fellowships and a network of support for gifted young people from all denominations and racial/ethnic backgrounds.


"Before you tell your life what you intend to do with it, listen for what it intends to do with you. Before you tell your life what truths and values you have decided to live up to, let your life tell you what truths you embody, what values you represent." - Parker J. Palmer


   The Forum For Theological Exploration (FTE) Guide to Theological Education  The Forum For Theological Exploration's (FTE) mission is to culticate diverse young adults to be faithful, wise, and courageous leaders for the church and academy. “Theological education is a journey of the heart, soul, mind and strength into the life of God and the healing of the world.”As you read The FTE Guide to Theological Education, our hope is that you will find the information in the following pages helpful as you discern your next steps in pursuing a graduate theological degree toward preparing for ministry. 


   7 Insights on Leadership the World Needs Now  We know that communities everywhere need inspired leaders to shape a hopeful future. But can we actually create the conditions in which faithful, wise and courageous leaders will thrive? We believe the answer is “yes.” And doing God’s work in the world depends on it. Over 18 months in seven cities with 200 conversation partners, FTE explored three questions: What are the leadership questions you wrestle with in your context? What kinds of leaders does the world need from the church today? What attributes must these leaders have to make a difference in the world? The conversation continues. So does action. What do these seven insights inspire you to do? We invite you to share your ideas in the comment box. Together, let’s name seven steps to foster faithful leadership that the world needs now.


   Equipping Vocational Discovery FTE strives to equip the next generation of leaders who are inspired to do God’s workin the world through his or her own church or academic community. With support, diverse young people can enliven their vocational pursuit, becoming intellectually and spiritually whole leaders. We provide resources created to meet the unique needs of those who are seeking their purpose, passion and call, and the partners who nurture them on their journey.


   Stories Forum for Theological Exploration Fellows, Alumni and partners are making a difference in the world through compassionate faith and action in their Christian communities. Listen to and read their inspiring stories.


   Explore Ministry


   Forum For Theological Exploration (FTE) YouTube Channel 


Stories and Sermon Inspiration Resources


   "Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive." - Howard Thurman


    Forum for Theological Exploration Fellows, Alumni and partners are making a difference in the world through compassionate faith and action in their Christian communities. Listen to and read their inspiring stories.


Books from Forum For Theological Exploration


  A Ray of Darkness:  A collection of sermons and addresses that show how faith equips for engagement with the world. 

  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. 


More Sermon Resources from the Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE)


Sermon Resources And Researchers On Academia.Edu


Theology Matters: Comparing the Traits of Growing and Declining Mainline Protestant Church Attendees and Clergy by David Millard Haskell Wilfrid Laurier University, Religion and Culture & Journalism, Faculty Member "I research and publish in the following areas: church growth and decline, the effects of youth ministry, church communication (e.g., on-line promotion; sermons), the relationship between the mass media and Christianity" and Kevin Flatt Redeemer University College, History, Faculty Member Ancaster, Ontario

Christian Response to Globalization - Sermon Outline: It is hope that this sermon outline would be of some help to those who wish to preach on globalization by John Mohan Razu

Cooperative Principles in a Nigerian Christian Sermon by Emmanuel Adedun

Discourse Features and Patterns in a Nigerian Pentecostal Christian Sermon by Emmanuel  Adedun, University of Lagos, English Department, Faculty Member

Preaching as Christian leadership: the story, the sermon, and the prophetic imagination by Truls Akerlund. The article suggests that the preacher may function as leader by creating images of an alternative future. Building on the insights from the “the narrative turn” in the social sciences, it argues that leadership may be understood from a communication perspective, primarily through the stories leaders communicate and embody.


Further Sermon Resources from Academia.edu


ARDA - Citations For Sermon & Homily Resources And Research From The Association Of Religion Data Archives (ARDA)

  ARDA Sermon Resources 

Books And Other Reference Material from the ARDA:  

Are Pastors the Cause of the Loss of Church Membership? Wulff, Keith M. (2011) Review of Religious Research 53:1: 1-7. 
Pointless & conservative sermons lose members for denominations. 
Defending the Faith: Easter Sermon Reaction to Pop Culture Discourses. Haskell, David Millard, Kenneth Paradis, and Stephanie Burgoyne (2008) Review of Religious Research 50:2: 139-156. 
Examines English-language Easter sermons in southwestern Ontario when books about Jesus were in the popular media. 
The Ethical Soundscape: Cassette Sermons and Islamic Counterpublics. Hirschkind, Charles (2006) New York: Columbia University Press. 
Based on sermons available on cassette in Cairo, Egypt. 

More Sermon, Homily and Preaching Resources from the ARDA

  Text and performance in an African church: The book, "live and direct. Engelke, Matthew (2004) American Ethnologist 31: 76-91. 
  Prophets in the church denigrate the role of religious text by working to create a “live and direct” connection to God through their sermons. 

Religion News Service Sermon Resources

   Religion News Service distributes religion news on a national website and via a wire service of nearly 200 subscribers worldwide  

Religion & Ethics

   Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly (PBS): Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly provides distinctive, cutting-edge news coverage and analysis of national and international events in the ever-changing religious world.    

Louisville Institute: Sermon Resources

Sermon Resources from The Louisville Institute: The Louisville Institute's mission is to facilitate the five grant programs to support pastoral leaders and academics for the good of the church.  [More Sermon Resources].
Additional Resources

Be sure to also explore the many feature articles and links on Insights Into Religion, and for more, visit our Best Resources for Worship section. 




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