Mary’s Song

Every year around this time churches sing a gorgeous four-part song titled Magnificat. In the a capella Churches of Christ, in which I dwell, this is one composition which shows the magnificence of blended voices. Its a building blend of alto, bass, tenor, and soprano. When it is done well there aren’t many songs, a […]

Recommending Siburt Institute To You

You may have noticed this new banner at the top of the site for Siburt Institute’s Journey preaching workshop. That banner is there because we believe in what the Siburt Institute is doing and we want you to be informed about their ministry too. Maybe your church is undergoing some new circumstances and it needs […]

Preaching: Five Lessons Learned From the Being in the Audience

I spent the first 35 years of my life listening to other people’s sermons every single week and what a privilege it has been to listen to and learn from people I have a deep admiration and respect for. It wasn’t until the last two years that I flipped the pulpit around to be on […]

December’s Theme: Angels We Have Heard On High

This month’s theme is about heavenly messengers and heavenly messages – “Angels we have heard on high.” In both Hebrew and Greek the word translated angels is the word for messenger. Sometimes the word is used for heavenly beings and other times it is used of human beings. It is someone who bears a message […]


While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them. And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks […]

Journey—From Text to Congregation

ACU Preaching Seminar Sponsored by the Siburt Institute for Church Ministry For preachers the tyranny of Sunday is that it comes every seven days!  As a person who has preached for over 30 years, I know the dread and the joy of preaching.  Most of all, I know that having good resources and a well-developed […]