The Psalms: Wisdom for Hard Times
I have a recurrent dream—or perhaps a nightmare—that when in extremis the only words that I can bring to mind are advertising jingles. My last breaths are accompanied by trite ditties about chocolate bars, insurance, or supermarkets!
The prophet Amos has sharp words to say about the irrelevance of religious observance that ignores the realities of life for the poor. Such indifference to suffering makes hymns of praise pointless. God will simply not listen, according to this most earnest of social critics...
I began my working life in the retail trade. In the shop where I worked, we were often incentivised in order to sell more of this or that product. The ‘hard sell’ was a matter both of pride amongst the staff and a way to take home free goodies...
The College of Preachers wishes to fill two vacancies on the Board of Trustees
Diversity and commonality
Take heart that God’s call to each of us is to voice God’s presence and urging through our particular voices and in our particular circumstances...
Introducing the Revd Jennifer Brown as Director of Training
The College of Preachers is pleased to announce the appointment of Revd Jennifer Brown as our new Director of Training.
Report of the Trustees for the Year Ended 31 December 2018
Download the Trustees' Report for 2018.
Women’s Voices 2019: Women Preachers, Women Hearers
This year sees the fifth Women’s Voices day conference, originally launched by The College of Preachers in The Preacher and a sell-out each year!
A woman involved in a car crash is 47 percent more likely than a man to suffer serious injuries according to the journalist and campaigner, Caroline Criado Perez. She makes a strong case that this horrifying statistic is a consequence of car design...
Vacancy: Director of Training
This post offers a rewarding opportunity for a person who is passionate about preaching and equipping preachers, to make a national contribution to the preaching ministry.
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Knowing a loved one
‘He unrolled the scroll and found the place …’ is a phrase from Luke’s Gospel (4:17) that I treasure. Whatever else we should take from the story of Jesus in his hometown synagogue, I’m sure we are meant to notice his evident familiarity with the text...
In a poll commissioned by BBC Religion and Ethics a couple of years ago, around a quarter of people who identified as Christians said they did not believe in the resurrection of Jesus...
Homiletics Symposium 2019
Calling all teachers and researchers of preaching
The Symposium brings together researchers and educators in the field of homiletics to hear about innovative practice and new findings. It provides a blend of invited speakers with the opportunity for new teachers and researchers to submit papers.
Would you like to write for The Preacher?
With the practical work of preachers always in mind, The Preacher is eager to recruit more practitioners to its bank of writers.
We are looking for sermon writers, reviewers, and occasional article contributors.
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...