A Word About This Book...
I wrote this book through the voice of God. Not that God came down and wrote it for me, but I wrote what I felt He wants to say to you. I used my own life as the catalyst to repeat the very basic principles I know He wants us to follow and understand. If you are like me sometimes you need to be told more than once about His principles. The profound simplicity of being a good Christian is often overlooked by our harried and rushed lives. We let other things take top priority in our minds and we’re so busy we barely give God a nod at times. Each devotion serves to be a gentle reminder of what God expects of us. Spend the first few moments of the day with God and allow Him to direct your path.
Fleshed out with brief, pithy nuggets of thought, idea jump-starters, or questions
2 or 3 themes or streams of thought that are related to but separate from the primary theme. These might arise from different parts of the lectionary text. This may also include questions, or alternative ways of thinking about the primary theme.
Liturgical elements for the beginning, middle, and end of the worship service. A variety of elements each week, encouraging participation and engagement for the worshipper. All elements relate to the primary and/or secondary themes, to help preachers and worship planners achieve a cohesive thematic flow in worship.
Homiletical Topic Essays (3)
These 700-word essays cover a variety of current and critical topics for the preacher. Each essay focuses on one particular topic. Topics could include the practice of preaching, sermon writing, current issues for the preacher, emerging trends in preaching, and emerging ideas or cultural trends that are important for the church and preacher. Essays are contributed by leading homileticians.
Full Sermons (6 - 12)
The full text from six - twelve sermons will be included in the print and e-book.
The full sermons are included as a source of inspiration and edification for pastors, who so rarely are on the receiving end of preaching. These sermons will highlight best practices, unique approaches, and fresh voices.
Sermon Series Ideas
This section will briefly outline and describe ideas for unique sermon series based on lectionary readings. Most if not all of these will come from non-NT texts, helping preachers to include a wider range of scripture in their preaching. (Many pastors preach primarily from NT passages almost exclusively.)
This book is Scripture based and Scripture oriented. All the worship materials are compatible with the Revised Common Lectionary, but can also be used in churches that do not use the RCL. Additional features include a Scripture index, a topical index listing items that can be used on other occasions during the church year, and a searchable CD-ROM.