There are at least two things that can be terrifying for a preacher – a blank piece of paper and a Scripture passage set by the lectionary that you really do not want to preach on. Just as the lectionary itself can produce difficulties, so can issues from life’s experiences – experiences that we may not ourselves have had but which are certainly faced by many people.
These difficult subjects present a challenge to the preacher who seeks to bring to them the Word of God, the Gospel message. This book offers a valuable resource for preachers who want to tackle these subjects and who are looking for help both in terms of background information and the light the Christian faith can shine on them. Each section deals with a different subject by offering a suitable biblical passage, some background information, ideas to help the preacher and a story that could be used as an illustration in the sermon. There is a concluding ‘Thought to take away’.
The contributors all have expertise or particular interest in the subjects they tackle and bring both knowledge and Christian insight. While following the same pattern, they bring their own style and approach which adds variety and flexibility. The sermon ideas are not intended as scripts to be preached from but as a stimulus for preachers to draw on in creating their own sermons – just the kind of help that the fear of the blank piece of paper looks for.