In writing, speaking, and preaching, people constantly search for the “right” words. Nancy Lammers Gross examines the connection between worship, words, and writing.
Precisely because FPC Jamaica is a church in community, it also embodies a model of Church that isn’t afraid to speak to power in order to harness it for the benefit of the people. For nine long years, Rev. O’Connor and church leaders took their case into countless boardrooms, sat down in many politicians’ offices, and held conference phone calls with plenty of skeptical influencers.
In this interview, Nancy Duff addresses the often avoided conversation about death and dying. Acknowledging the fears and theological struggle associated with issues of life and death, she points to how the church can become a place where people are equipped to make faithful decisions about the end of life.
In this episode, Jared Alcantara dives into the legacy of Gardner C. Taylor, who has been called “the dean of the nation’s black preachers” and “the poet laurate of the pulpit.” In exploring Talyor’s own backstory and unique ability to preach in varying and diverse contexts across racial, ethnic, ecclesial, and national lines, Alcantara elaborates on why it is so important for those in ministry to study Taylor’s preaching today.
Sonia Waters discusses the complexities of providing pastoral care to those struggling with addiction and opens a conversation about the theological and spiritual implications of addiction.
Drawing deeply from Charles Taylor’s philosophical work, Andrew Root considers what ministry and the role of pastors, in particular, look like in a “secular age” – an age where belief is an option.
Richard R. Osmer takes us inside the findings of The Confirmation Project, a study on confirmation practices in five major North American denominations.
Shari Oosting and Dayle Rounds welcome you back to The Distillery for Season 3. This summer we will explore apocalyptic literature, ministry in a secular age, making decisions at the end of life, and more. Season 3 begins July 19, 2020.
Nancy Lammers Gross is the Arthur Sarell Rudd Associate Professor of Speech Communication in Ministry at Princeton Theological Seminary. She earned both her MDiv and PhD from Princeton Seminary. She is a member of the Academy of Homiletics, the National Communication Association/Religious Communication Association, and numerous academic administration professional organizations. Her areas of teaching interest include speech communication, preaching, worship, and hermeneutics. An ordained Presbyterian minister, she has served churches in California and New Jersey. She also served for ten years on the Committee on Preparation for Ministry in the New Brunswick Presbytery, four of those years as co-moderator. She has been deeply involved in curriculum development at Palmer Theological Seminary (formerly Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary), in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, where she previously taught, and in ministry in local congregations. Her latest book is Women’s Voices and the Practice of Preaching.