August 22, 2019

What does repairing the breach look like in your community? For your church? A preaching student reads Isaiah 58 through a dialogical lens and find important images and themes for his sermon. Read more

August 19, 2019

Is it possible to be neutral about starvation? Or lead pollution in public housing? Or race- or sex-based wage differences? Or indefinite detentions in overcrowded cages? If we follow Jesus, the answer is no. Read more

August 14, 2019

Why would Jesus say he wants to bring fire and divisions in Luke 12:49-56?  Isn’t this the last thing we need right now?  Or maybe this is exactly what we need – if we’re willing to reconsider the function of the church and its prophetic role in society. Read more

August 7, 2019

Jesus teaches us that heart follows treasure, not the other way around. What does this mean for our lives, our families and communities, our church and society, in the midst of an economic system built on accumulation and fear? Read more

August 6, 2019

Toni Morrison has just died at the age of 88.  Here’s why her book ‘Beloved’ helped form me as a Christian confronting my own racism and constructing my understanding of public theology. Read more

August 4, 2019

Blackjewel is a coal company that abruptly filed for bankruptcy leaving hundreds of miners in Kentucky stranded.  How can Jesus’ parable of the Rich Fool (Luke 12:13-21) offer insight for the church’s role in this community, state, and national issue? Read more

August 3, 2019

Using a dialogical lens in a sermon on the Parable of the Rich Fool in Luke 12:13-21 can move listeners to engage in dialogue and justice about the church’s response to a current situation of corporate greed harming a local community. Read more

August 1, 2019

Here’s an example of how the ‘dialogical lens’ for preaching about the parable of the Rich Fool can be used for a sermon on Luke Chapter 12. This approach opens the door to authentic dialogue within the congregation about what it means for our faith and relationships to own and store up “stuff.” Read more

July 31, 2019

Using the ‘dialogical lens’ for the Parable of the Rich Fool shows us ways to explore the issues around wealth, greed, and family tensions while also rooting deeply in faith, scripture, and our relationship with God. Read more

July 30, 2019

Using a ‘dialogical lens’ for scripture and preaching can open new options for “Purple Zone” sermons in the red-blue divide. Here are six steps for using the dialogical lens. Read more

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