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Seasoned advice for pastors facing the weekly challenge of preparing sermons
For pastors, a new sermon comes every week. Conventional wisdom says that pastors need to sequester themselves to prepare their weekly sermon without distraction. But veteran preacher Frank Honeycutt suggests just the opposite: prepare your sermons as part of a daily, lived experience in the community.
Using the days of the week as a framework, Honeycutt describes practical and essential tasks leading up to the writing and delivery of the Sunday sermon—habits that will provide lasting spiritual nourishment for pastors who plan for a long career in parish ministry. With humor and candid acknowledgment of his own mistakes and doubts, Honeycutt reflects on the joys and hazards of ministry and explains how a faithful process of preaching shapes pastors for a lifetime of healthy ministry.Monday: ListeningTuesday: HearingWednesday: ExegetingThursday: NamingReflecting: A Pastor Looks BackFriday: WritingSaturday: RehearsingSunday: Offering
Frank G. Honeycutt holds a DMin in preaching from Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and has over thirty years of experience in parish ministry in the Virginia and South Carolina synods of the ELCA. He is the author of several books and numerous articles in periodicals including The Living Lutheran, Journal for Preachers, and the Christian Century.