Dear ______: You are absolutely right: It has been far too long since we’ve written to each other. Thanks for the update on your life in this final year of seminary. It does sound really stressful. You probably feel like the weight of the whole world is on your shoulders — like poor old Atlas. […]
Letters to a Young Pastor: Choosing a Field Education Placement
Dear ______: I’m glad that you have reached the point in your seminary education that you are having to think about field education. I don’t know what your seminary requires, but hopefully you will have to do at least two placements. Why two? Because your education will be more complete if you can see and practice […]
Letters to a Young Pastor: The Children’s Sermon — Is it Yours?
Dear ______: My goodness, with the kids being out of school for summer the time gets swept away. Sorry to have not written for so long. You are kind to ask if there are other criteria for making sure your children’s sermon is on track. I mentioned checking what you prepare to make sure it […]
Letters to a Young Pastor: The Children’s Sermon — Is it Gospel?
Dear ______: Thanks for asking me to clarify. I said something about how children’s sermons often reveal a preacher’s real theology, for good or for ill. I suspect it is because pastors do not think of the children’s sermon as a sermon. They think of it more as a conversation. If they have a warm, […]
Letters to a Young Pastor: The Children’s Sermon — Preaching on Other Topics
Dear ______: Yes, you are right, of course. I too have heard some really good children’s sermons that are on topics other than the biblical text behind the grown-ups sermon. I’ve even preached some. Good Practice, Not Unbendable Law When I said that the biblical text of the morning should be the topic of your […]
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