Author: Ben McDonald Coltvet

Why is forgiveness so difficult?
Dear Working Preacher
Forgiveness: The Hardest Commandment

Dear Working Preacher, Why is forgiveness so difficult? Is there [...]

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Sermon Development
Got Stewardship?

Years ago there was a campaign from the milk industry in the United States that asked a [...]

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Dear Working Preacher
A Community Response to Sin

Dear Working Preacher, Thank you for what you do. Thank you for preaching and proclaiming [...]

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Culture
Am I My Sibling’s Keeper?: Preaching with Systems Theory

We were created for relationship. [...]

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Dear Working Preacher
Listening Anew for God’s Call

Last weekend, my husband and I took our son Isaac [...]

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Culture
Preaching when the Pastor Is Sick

Some years ago, I was scheduled for herniated disc surgery [...]

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Dear Working Preacher
Exploring the Depths of Scripture’s Richness

Three years ago, when we [...]

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Dear Working Preacher
An Uncontrollable Calling

In recent years, various responses to employment related stress and expectations have trended online. These [...]

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Sermon Development
How to Get Useful Sermon Feedback from Listeners: 5 Keys for Success 

It’s the end of the [...]

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Worship
‘It’s Your Day!’: Preaching on a Congregation’s Milestones

My Anglican parish in a [...]