By Ray Hollenbach on Sep 11, 2018
There's a rich vein of life even in the verses that close each Epistle. Have you ever preached a benediction?
By Ray Hollenbach on Aug 14, 2018
After we step down from the pulpit, we are still involved in the lives of our people. In fact, their lives become an indicator of how effective our preaching really is.
By Ray Hollenbach on May 18, 2018
Loving someone enough to help them find freedom from their fears and appetites is the heart of church discipline.
By Ray Hollenbach on Aug 23, 2017
“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.” ~ C.S. Lewis
By Ray Hollenbach on Feb 16, 2017
Jesus modeled agreement with the Father by doing God’s will in perilous times.
By Ray Hollenbach on Nov 24, 2016
A simple prayer is taking root in me, teaching me the deep wisdom of gratitude, and changing my life.
By Ray Hollenbach on Feb 16, 2016
We have created a Christendom where we can choose churches the way most people choose restaurants: according to our individual tastes. How can we grow in grace when we a free to wander from one family to another?
By Ray Hollenbach on Jan 18, 2016
Nearly every schoolchild can tell you Dr. King had a dream but perhaps only one in ten can articulate that dream.
By Ray Hollenbach on Jan 4, 2016
Take ten minutes and write down the details from your preaching passage. Then ask yourself, “How can I help my listeners move from watercolor to the sharp clarity of oil?”
By Ray Hollenbach on Dec 5, 2015
Some people think the Christmas verses are the stuff of Christmas pageants and cheesy dramas. They are also fuel for great preaching.
By Ray Hollenbach on Nov 21, 2015
Thanksgiving sermons can sometimes sound like such a scolding, but guilt is a terrible motivation for giving thanks.
By Ray Hollenbach on Nov 3, 2015
Sin is ravaging the church today, but the old ways of talking about sin clearly do not help us. We have to find new ways to talk about it.
By Ray Hollenbach on Oct 15, 2015
"He was the shepherd, they were the sheep—and sheep do not morph into shepherds."
By Ray Hollenbach on Sep 15, 2015
Would you like to be a radical, against-the-gain follower of Jesus? Suggest this radical solution.
By Ray Hollenbach on Aug 22, 2015
The bottom line is this: Church is God’s idea, and we ignore it at our peril.