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Light –Preaching Tip for 8 December 2019

Using “light” as a metaphor during advent can help people connect with the coming Christ. Use candle lightings in worship. Light extra candles. Connect twinkling lights or a star in the sanctuary. Or talk about light in terms of stained glass or other art, such as...

Advent –Preaching Tip for 1 December 2019

In the season of Advent, the challenge for pastors is to make new what we celebrate each year. This year, look around you to find interesting metaphors that you can use to add a fresh look at advent. Try metaphors such as the wreath, red berries, flame of the...

Holiday Sermon Blues? –Preaching Tip for 11-24-2019

Searching for new ideas for the holidays? Try looking around you! Look for metaphors that may be right before your eyes. Cornucopia, Fruit, Garden, Harvest, Turkey, Cranberry Sauce, Table, Family, and many more. Explore some of these metaphors through scripture....

Why Metaphor? –Preaching Tip for 17 November 2019

Why are metaphors so important? They undergird every way you see the world. You may not recognize your metaphors, but all of us live by metaphors that inform what we think and feel. If you want to change your life, you need to first change your metaphors.   To access...

Water as Metaphor –Preaching Tip for 10 November 2019

Water is one of the key metaphors of scripture and signals “crossings over” or transitions from one place to another (not just physically but spiritually). Whenever you see water, pay attention. Something important is happening in the story. To access this post, you...