Preachers Perspectives

We asked twelve preachers to share the insights they have gathered through their experiences of writing and delivering sermons regularly.

Rev Dr Derek Browning

We are very grateful to the Rev Dr Derek Browning, Minister of Morningside Parish Church, Edinburgh for this month’s contribution.

"Preaching may have its head in the high places and look towards new and far horizons, but it needs its feet firmly planted on the ground."
Rev Dr Derek Browning

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Rev Kathy Galloway

We are grateful to Rev Kathy Galloway, Head of Christian Aid Scotland for this month’s contribution.

"Christian worship... It can accurately be described as a drama because it is a re-enactment, a re- presentation of the Christian story."Rev Kathy Galloway, Head of Christian Aid

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Rev Lynn McChlery

We are very grateful to the Rev Lynn M. McChlery minister of Eaglesham Parish Church for this month’s contribution.

“In preparation for preaching I sometimes prayerfully imagine Jesus ascending the pulpit to preach this sermon, or my congregation receiving the letter from Paul.”
Rev Lynn McChlery

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Rev. Ruth Harvey

We are grateful to the Rev. Ruth Harvey, Congregational Facilitator in the Presbytery of Annandale and Eskdale for this month’s contribution.

"... what would it be like if the preacher paused, and invited the congregation to share their own wisdom or thoughts on the word preached so far? How would it be if the preacher paused and asked: ‘does this make sense?"
Rev Ruth Harvey

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Very Rev. John Christie

We are grateful to the Very Rev. John Christie, Moderator to the Church of Scotland General Assembly of 2010-2011 for this month’s contribution.

"Drawing children into the fellowship of faith is made a little easier if children and young people are valued for who they are and are encouraged from an early age to feel at home with in the context of congregational life."
Very Rev John Christie

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Rev Alastair Cherry

We are very grateful to the College of Preachers for permission to rework this article by Phillip Jinadu, printed in the April 2012 edition of their magazine The Preacher, and to the Rev Alastair Cherry, Convener of the Church of Scotland Music Group and acting Team Leader for the Faith Expression Team for editing the article for this resource.

"Jesus was the supreme craftsman at engaging with an audience. St Mark tells us (4.34) that he taught his audience plainly. So the message was shaped by the audience."
Rev Alastair Cherry

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Rev Dr Marjory A McLean

We are very grateful to the Rev Dr Marjory A McLean Minister of Abernyte linked with Inchture and Kinnaird linked with Longforgan Parish Churches for this article,adapted from a chapter in the book of essays “Speaking from the Heart” (Shoving Leopard, 2010). Building on the advice on preaching contained in previous articles in this web-based collection, this piece places preaching in its context of public worship.

"All the preachers need to do ... is offer what the slick, smooth world of entertainment will never provide: the practice of the presence of God, a glimpse of the divine, an experience of the holy."
Rev Dr Marjory A McLean

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Reverend David Scott

We are very grateful to the Reverend David Scott, Minister of Logie and St Johns (Cross) Parish Church for this month’s contribution.

"It allows the Bible to set the agenda for preaching. It forces me to consider, wrestle with and then preach on passages and subjects that I would probably avoid, if the choice were simply left to me."
Reverend David Scott

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Reverend Karen K Campbell

We are very grateful to the Reverend Karen K Campbell, Minister of Marchmont St Giles, Edinburgh for this month’s contribution.

“God’s already made it plain how to live, what to do, what God is looking for in men and women. It’s quite simple: Do what is fair and just to your neighbour, be compassionate and loyal in your love, and don’t take yourself too seriously – take God seriously.”
Reverend Karen K Campbell

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Reverend Scott McKenna

We are very grateful to Reverend Scott McKenna, Minister of Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church for this month’s contribution.

"Every sermon should, in some way, alight on the Mystery of God and deepen the relationship of God’s people with the Holy."
Reverend Scott McKenna

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Reverend Nigel Robb

We are grateful to the Rev Nigel Robb, Team Leader for The Faith Expression Team of The Mission and Discipleship Council for our first contribution.

"Ignoring the rough edges and the challenges which the lives of congregation members encounter will lead to ineffective preaching."
Rev Nigel Robb.

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The Very Reverend David Lunan

The Very Reverend David Lunan, Moderator to the Church of Scotland General Assembly of 2008-2009 explore preaching in its context of a service of worship and indeed a life of worship.

"We are displaying the good news – that everyone matters to God."
The Very Rev David Lunan

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