Countdown to Sunday : A Daily Guide for Those Who Dare to Preach

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  • Copyright: 2007-09-01
  • Publisher: Brazos Pr
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Chris Erdman remembers a time when preparing his weekly sermon left him frustrated and uptight. Twenty years later, he found a new way to prepare sermons that changed his life. In Countdown to Sunday, he shares the lessons he has learned. A seasoned preacher and instructor of new preachers, Erdman breaks down his methods of preparation and delivery from Monday through Sunday. Believing that preaching is something lived, he shows not only how sermons grow gradually but also how preachers can learn to preach ???on the run.??? With practical advice and insight, Erdman also covers preaching for weddings and funerals, around the time of elections and wars, on the street, and in the hospital. The result is an invaluable guide that will become a daily companion for preachers, whether experienced or not.

Author Biography

Chris Erdman (DMin, Columbia Theological Seminary) is senior pastor of University Presbyterian Church and teaches preaching and leadership courses at Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary, both in Fresno, California. He is the author of Beyond the Chaos: Living the Christian Family in a World Like Ours.

Table of Contents

Why Preaching Requires Bloodp. 19
"How?" Is Not the Question That Gets Us Up in the Morningp. 23
Truthfulness Will Set You Freep. 27
Toward a New (Old) Way of Preachingp. 32
Preaching on the Run - Toward a Simpler Way to Preparep. 35
Monday: A Prayer before the Word: On 1 John 5:9-13
Choosing Texts - The Lectionary, the Christian Year, and Forming an Alternative Peoplep. 41
Thirty to Sixty Minutes Each Mondayp. 46
Let the Stories Crawl Out All by Themselvesp. 49
How to Be Good (at Preaching)p. 51
Preaching as an Alternative to Violencep. 55
Tuesday: A Prayer before the Word: On Philippians 4:1-9
On Tuesdays I Chase Wordsp. 61
On Crossing the Line - The Public Preaching of Our Private Darknessp. 63
Do Preachers Really Have This Freedom?p. 66
Hospitals (and Those in Them) Need the Word of Godp. 70
Preaching and Warp. 74
Wednesday: A Prayer before the Word: On 2 Kings 5:1-14
Wednesdays - Reading the Agenda(s) of the Textp. 81
How Do I Organize This Stuff for the Sermon?p. 85
When Disaster Strikes - Dare We Preach Such Flimsy Words?p. 92
Preaching Jesus Up Against the Jesus of Suburbiap. 97
Change and Conflict - To What (or Whom) Will You Lend Your Voice?p. 100
Thursday: A Prayer before the Word: On Genesis 1:1-5
Thursdays Are for Writingp. 107
Illustrationp. 110
Street Preaching - Ministering the Word ... Bodilyp. 117
The Word on the Street - Seizing the Momentp. 121
There Is No Innocent Preachingp. 125
Friday: A Prayer before the Word: On Luke 24:1-12
On Friday, "Preacher, Stop and Listen"p. 133
Dissent from Death - Preaching the Funeralp. 138
Preach Christ, Not the Deceasedp. 141
Fear of the Other - Preaching as Disarmamentp. 145
Preaching at a Time of National (or Any) Electionp. 151
Saturday: A Prayer before the Word: On Mark 5:21-43
The Word at the Wedding - Why We Don't Preach Marriagep. 159
Living with Chronic Disease - The Preacher's Teacherp. 163
Teaching Other Preachersp. 167
Practicing the Sermonp. 171
If Your Sermon's a Dog, Walk It Proudlyp. 175
Sunday: A Prayer before the Word: On Jeremiah 1; 1 Samuel 4:10-22
"Do Not Be Afraid" (A Sermon on 1 Samuel 4)p. 181
Preaching Nakedp. 190
Mystic Preachingp. 195
Learning to Enter Sabbath - A Preacher's Sundayp. 199
Why You Must Not Work Too Hardp. 202
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