What’s the role of the preacher in a community; in this community? I always ask myself that question as I begin the process of preparing to preach the word. What is the preaching event all about, really? Personally I think it’s about opening up a biblical text for a community to really hear the Word [...]
It is pretty clear to me that religious communities are groups of people who come together intentionally to serve each other, God (however God is known there), and the world the best way they can. Each congregation I’ve had the honor to visit is a beautiful, amazing thing—an imperfect but well-intentioned beacon of light and hope in a sometimes dark and lonely world.