If you are a scholar or language geek like me, you probably think this post is about writing a homily in Ethiopic. But it isn’t. Geez magazine is looking for people – not necessarily Christians! – who can produce sermons that get away from the tired and painful familiar cliches. You could win up to $500, and I know some readers of this blog might be up for trying! Click through for more details (and see the video below).
Since there is a fee for submissions, you might not be interested in entering. But I still thought it was worth mentioning the contest here, if only to raise the subject of sermons. I’ve been moving in the direction of the flipped classroom, and there have been a few discussions about the possibility of a flipped church – having the sermon printed or recorded and available beforehand, and then using time in church for discussion and other things. What do you think? Whether you are thinking of a Christian church, an atheist fellowship, or some other group, could the “flipped classroom” approach make a positive impact?