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Have you noticed how carefully radio and TV presenters of magazine shows link different items together?

The topics being considered may be diverse but somehow the presenter manages to link them together. By an artful comment, a careful recapitulation, or a humorous retort, the show-host moves things along, creating a pleasing sense of coherence and flow...

10/09/2018
Only Connect

In Defence of Preaching

The worth of preaching isn’t, of course, to be measured solely in terms of whether it is remembered. Neither is ‘being remembered’ the qualifying mark of an effective preacher.

Nevertheless, remembering, and the continued use of those memories, by the individuals concerned is an indicator of the value of preaching. Sermons can ‘live’ in the hearts and minds of those who hear them to powerful effect. That we are told that they so often don’t is all the more reason to examine those that do...

01/06/2018
In Defence of Preaching

Headlining

It’s not often that the sermon as sermon makes the news but it has this week.

The respected Radio Four news show PM broadcast an excerpt of Martin Luther King’s last speech to mark the 50th anniversary of his assassination. Nothing unusual there, you might think. But at more than eight minutes long, the excerpt was certainly not soundbite radio...

09/04/2018
Headlining

A new look for The Preacher

Saint Augustine urged preachers to vary the style in which they spoke. He suggested that the force of our words should alternate like the waves of the sea.

The preacher has to judge what style will speak most effectively to particular listeners, and what style is best suited to the topic...

23/02/2018
A new look for The Preacher

Major changes to The College of Preachers

We are delighted to be able to update you, on behalf of the Chair of the College, Bishop Stephen Cottrell and the Executive, on major changes to The College of Preachers...

31/12/2017
Major changes to The College of Preachers

Issue 171: Only Connect

Expository Preaching
Michael Baughan

Why Preach?
Christopher Burkett

Preaching the Good News
Lorraine Cavanaugh

Surprised by Joy
Duncan Macpherson

Sermons: November 2018 to January 2019