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Alyce M. McKenzie

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Theory and Practice of Preaching, Wisdom Literature, Preaching on Controversial Issues, Creative Writing Strategies for Sermons

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The Rev. Dr. Alyce M. McKenzie is the George W. and Nell Ayers Le Van Professor of Preaching and Worship at Perkins School of Theology. Ordained as an elder in the United Methodist Church in 1981, Dr. McKenzie is a member of the North Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. She grew up in New Cumberland, Pennsylvania, and experienced a call to ministry in high school. She majored in religion at Bryn Mawr College near Philadelphia and then headed to Duke Divinity School to study for the ministry.

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What Happened to My Happy Song? Reflections on Thessalonians 1:1-10

Life is not a continuous-loop Happy Channel for the Thessalonians or for Paul in working with them ... or for us. Read More »

Let's Do This! Reflections on Philippians 4:6-7 and an Anxiety-Free Life

When we tire of the endless struggle to master our anxiety by summoning our own inner resolve, let’s acknowledge that we’ve come to the end of our human abilities and need to call for help. Read More »

Reflections on Keep On Keepin' On! Perseverance and Philippians 3:4b-14

For Paul, perseverance is a way to get closer to Christ. It means not looking back, but looking ahead toward Christ with single-minded purpose. Read More »

Level with Me: Reflections on Philippians 2:1-11

Jesus came to earth to be level with you and level with me. So why would any of us still keep our eyes cast down, making ourselves lower than our Savior views us? Read More »

Smile, Though Your Heart Is Aching: Reflections on Philippians 1:21-30

Paul can smile and say "thank you" to God -- especially in prison -- because he has learned to set and reset his focus on the presence of Christ and his mission as Christ's servant. Read More »

You Be the Judge (Not!): Reflections on Romans 14:1-12

Who is the person who is wise? The one who has the ability to learn something from every person. Read More »

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What Happened to My Happy Song? Reflections on Thessalonians 1:1-10

Life is not a continuous-loop Happy Channel for the Thessalonians or for Paul in working with them ... or for us. Read More »

Let's Do This! Reflections on Philippians 4:6-7 and an Anxiety-Free Life

When we tire of the endless struggle to master our anxiety by summoning our own inner resolve, let’s acknowledge that we’ve come to the end of our human abilities and need to call for help. Read More »

Reflections on Keep On Keepin' On! Perseverance and Philippians 3:4b-14

For Paul, perseverance is a way to get closer to Christ. It means not looking back, but looking ahead toward Christ with single-minded purpose. Read More »

Level with Me: Reflections on Philippians 2:1-11

Jesus came to earth to be level with you and level with me. So why would any of us still keep our eyes cast down, making ourselves lower than our Savior views us? Read More »

Smile, Though Your Heart Is Aching: Reflections on Philippians 1:21-30

Paul can smile and say "thank you" to God -- especially in prison -- because he has learned to set and reset his focus on the presence of Christ and his mission as Christ's servant. Read More »

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