catapult magazine

catapult magazine
A Good Sermon

vol. 9, num. 14 :: 2010.07.09 — 2010.07.22

One of the few places adults still regularly gather after they graduate from school to listen to someone speak is in church. Admit it: your attention wanders as badly as your kids’. Or maybe you’re a note taker. Or maybe you can remember a sermon that changed something for you forever. What makes a good sermon—either from your perspective in the pews or in the pulpit?



Let him hear

A very short sermon on true religion.

Preaching as storytelling

Good news for those who have never been able to "get anything out of" the Bible.


Bodily dysfunctions

Is this really what Jesus had in mind?


The word-free sermon

Remembering an uncle's embodied faith.

Ashes, ashes

Good news delivered from a dark pulpit on a Wednesday: dead is alive.

Getting real

A retrospective toward authenticity in the pulpit.

A movable sermon

On crafting a homily that resonates.

Concerning why I preach barefoot

A reflection on the connectedness of holiness, humility and homiletics.


In case you missed it the first time

Together we slouch

A sermon for the choir on transforming cynicism.

And heals all your diseases

A sermon on Psalm 103 from a service of healing.

To hell with Romans 13

A sermon on one of the most commonly misused passages in canonized Scripture.

Weaving the web

Sermons You’d Never Hear in Church

Samplings from an issue on unconventional sermons.


Interview with Greg Boyd

On the sermon series that launched 1,000 members -- into other churches.


daily asterisk

Even in a country you know by heart
its hard to go the same way twice
the life of the going changes.
The chances change and make a new way.
Any tree or stone or bird
can be the bud of a new direction. The
natural correction is to make intent
of accident. To get back before dark
is the art of going.

Wendell Berry
“Traveling at Home” from Traveling at Home

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