Church Growth
Carrie La Ferle and the Rev. O. Wesley Allen Jr. are co-authors of the book "Preaching and the Thirty-Second Commercial: Lessons from Advertising for the Pulpit." La Ferle is the Marriott Endowed Professor of Ethics and Culture at the Temerlin Advertising Institute at Southern Methodist University. Allen is a United Methodist elder and the Lois Craddock Perkins Professor of Homiletics at SMU's Perkins School of Theology. Their book is the first in a series that seeks to show how other disciplines can offer insights for preachers. Photo by Sam Hodges, UM News.

What preachers can learn from Lean Cuisine

SMU professors collaborate on book titled ‘Preaching and the Thirty-Second Commercial,’ drawing on advertising campaigns to show how sermons can be better crafted.
Rich Peck. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UM News.

Simone Biles and St. Paul: Expectations vs. outcomes

Olympian Simone Biles and St. Paul excelled while coping with unseen challenges. Their experiences hold lessons for us.
Human Sexuality
Ms. Penny Cost is the drag persona of Isaac Simmons, the first openly queer man to be certified as a candidate for ordination within the Illinois Great Rivers Conference of The United Methodist Church. Simmons serves as project and remote learning coordinator for Hope United Methodist Church in Bloomington, Ill. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Ministry candidate preaches in drag to ‘speak in a new way’

Isaac Simmons came upon the idea of merging drag and spirituality through the Russian philosopher Mikhail Bakhtin. "He thought the best way to enact systemic change was through joy and carnival … and drag is over the top and joyous."
Local Church
The Rev. Bob Long speaks Dec. 2, 2020, during Advent at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Oklahoma City. The Rev. Long’s Advent and Christmas series was inspired by the memoir of Sanford D. Greenberg, a Jewish philanthropist who has devoted himself to eradicating blindness. Photo courtesy of the Rev. Bob Long.

Blind man’s memoir sparks Advent sermons

The Rev. Bob Long drew on Sanford Greenberg’s “Hello Darkness, My Old Friend” for a pre-Christmas sermon series, inspiring a congregation and making the pastor a friend.

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