Preaching

Pew Research: Pastors Often Discussed Election, Pandemic and Racism in Fall of 2020

"... among churches that posted their sermons, homilies or worship services online between Aug. 31 and Nov. 8, 2020, two-thirds posted at least one message from the pulpit mentioning the election. But these rates varied considerably among the four major Christian groups" - Pew

Related at CT: How Thousands of Sermons Addressed the Crises of 2020

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“Sermongate” – Should I Preach Another Man’s Sermon?

“So, why should we avoid merely borrowing a ready-made sermon even with attribution? First, sermon preparation allows the preacher to personalize the text. As I work through the passage and discover its flow, it become personal to me.” - J. Straub

(HT: Proclaim & Defend)

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Why Pastors Should Use More Historical Illustrations in Sermons

"People are not as familiar with the past. Frankly, we don’t know our history like we once did—biblical history, family history, and our nation’s history. Preaching always has elements of teaching. Good teaching should include regular doses of history." - Sam Rainer

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‘If you have eyes, plagiarize’: When borrowing a sermon goes too far

"When Reese typed the sermon title into Google, a link to her pastor’s latest sermon series popped up. But so did a three-year-old series from a church in Kentucky. The Kentucky sermon was almost identical to the sermon her pastor had preached." - RNS

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