Lift Up Your Voice

In this section we celebrate the work and ministry of our African American colleagues. We hope that delving into some of the resources gathered here will not only bless your ministry and life but give you the opportunity to praise God for speaking through all of God’s people.

Reformed Connections to the RCL

On this page, you will find a resource that traces Lectionary texts to specific parts of the Heidelberg Catechism and the Belgic Confession.

This Week's Sermon Commentaries

Mark 12:28-34 Sermon Commentary

The text’s message this week is simple. It’s the all-encompassing nature of the application that gets overwhelming. Did you know, for instance, that there are 613 commandments in the Pentateuch? Summarizing and prioritizing, as Jesus does here, was a normal practice among the rabbis and scribes of Judaism, not to mention that it’s a helpful…

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Ruth 1:1-18 Sermon Commentary

To my mind stopping the reading of Ruth 1 at verse 18 is the narrative equivalent of ending the movie Field of Dreams just before the moment when Ray encounters his long-dead and estranged father on his magical Iowa baseball diamond.  Why stop short of the scene that brings the whole thing together!? So trust…

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Psalm 119:1-8 Sermon Commentary

In the world of secular music, I would guess you would be hard pressed to find many songs with titles like “I Just Love Rules!”  In fact the website Ranker provided their top list of songs with the word “law” in the title but songs of the variety “I’m Lovin’ the Law” don’t seem to…

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Hebrews 9:11-14 Sermon Commentary

As I noted in a 2018 commentary on this week’s Epistolary Lesson, this Sunday’s Epistolary Lesson is “bloody.” In fact, it’s so bloody that citizens of the already figuratively blood-soaked 21st century may be uncomfortable with it. But perhaps humanity needed such a radical solution because its problem was so deeply-ingrained. Few pieces of baggage…

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Fine-Tuning Your Preaching

Sermon Craft – Rev. Meg Jenista

Political or Partisan? – Rev. Meg Jenista

Preaching Salvation – Rev. Meg Jenista

Desire for Anointed Preaching Part 1 – Rev. David Beelen

Desire for Anointed Preaching Part 2 – Rev. David Beelen

Sermon Introductions Do’s and Don’ts – Rev. John Rottman

Preaching Parables Graciously – Rev. John Rottman

The Ethics of Sermon Illustrations – Rev. Scott Hoezee

God-Active Language – Rev. Scott Hoezee

What is an Illustration? – Rev. Scott Hoezee

Show, Don’t Tell – Rev. Scott Hoezee

Imagination and Images – Rev. Peter Jonker

The Controlling Image – Rev. Peter Jonker

Physical Space in Preaching – Rev. Mary Hulst

Preaching Without Notes – Rev. Mary Hulst

The Center for Excellence In Preaching

We provide pastors with fresh and vibrant resources to enhance your preaching. Explore our library of sermon commentaries including our new sermon commentaries made available each week. Dive into our key preaching connection topics and find relevant illustration ideas from movies and literature. Fine-tune your preaching with short, refreshing teaching videos on various aspects of preaching. We also curate lists of recommended commentaries and books and provide information on upcoming conferences and seminars.

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The Center for Excellence in Preaching serves the church by providing preachers with fresh ideas and resources to help make the weekly sermon from God's Word an eventful and vibrant proclamation of grace and hope.