Preachers on Preaching
A podcast hosted by Matt Fitzgerald
Matt Fitzgerald, host
Episode 40: Lovely Carter, Steve Peterson, and Rachel Adams
"You're not that cool. You matter so much less than the word of God," Rachel Adams says to her pastor.
Episode 39: Marlin Lavanhar
I had to learn to preach in "receive" mode rather than "send" mode.
Episode 38: Kenneth Samuel
"I cannot continue to pimp the gospel for my own profit, for my own prestige and power," Ken Samuel decided.
Episode 37: Vince Amlin
Hope springs eternal—except when it doesn't. That's the continual challenge of faith.
Episode 36: Jacqui Lewis
White flight, preachers and social media, and the tricky relationship between church and world.
Episode 35: Cornelius Plantinga Jr.
Matt talks with Cornelius Plantinga Jr., the former president of Calvin Theological Seminary, about miracles, the collapse of the sacred/secular distinction when “every square inch of creation belongs to Jesus Christ,” and why preachers should read more fiction.
Episode 34: Highlights from season 2
This episode consists of some of our favorite moments from episodes 14-33, which aired during our second season in the winter and spring of 2016.
Episode 33: Matt Fitzgerald
Preachers on Preaching editor Neil Ellingson, also co-founder of Root and Branch Church in Chicago, interviews Preachers on Preaching host Matt Fitzgerald about the reasons he started the podcast and what he's learned so far, his own self-contradictory preaching approach, and how grace might come inside rising soap bubbles.
Episode 32: Liz Goodman
Matt talks with Liz Goodman, minister of the United Church of Christ in Monterey, Massachusetts, about the value of ferocity in relationships, being perceived by small-town folks as provocative, and the freedom that comes from being in a pulpit for 15 years.
Episode 31: Emily McGinley
Matt talks to Emily McGinley, site pastor at Urban Village Church Hyde Park-Woodlawn in Chicago, about planting a church for LGBTQ people of color and allies, her own circuitous spiritual journey, and integrating preaching with the congregation’s testimony.
Episode 30: Brad Braxton
Matt talks to Brad Braxton, founding senior pastor of The Open Church in Baltimore, Maryland, about his twin calling as professor and preacher, planting a church of diverse identities and beliefs, and why God might cause fumbles in the pulpit.
Episode 29: David Bartlett
Matt talks to David Bartlett, American Baptist pastor and coeditor of “Feasting on the Word,” about the necessity of his first call, balancing church and academy, and an approach to scripture that is seen as both dangerous and quaint.
Episode 28: Jennifer Morrow and Timothy Ross
Matt talks to Jennifer Morrow, pastor of Rowayton United Methodist Church in Rowayton, Connecticut, and Timothy Ross, pastor of Hopwood Christian Church in Johnson City, Tennessee, about their weekly sermon collaboration, editing each other’s work, and listening for God’s movement in each other’s congregation.
Episode 27: Paul Scott Wilson
Matt talks to Paul Scott Wilson, who teaches homiletics at the University of Toronto, about the importance of doctrinal clarity in preaching, why God should be the subject of a sermon's verbs, and how preachers can make that happen.
Episode 26: Tony Robinson
Matt talks to Tony Robinson, pastor and consultant, about the myth of the “perfect church,” preaching through fallow periods, and congregations sustaining preachers’ faith.
Episode 25: Nadia Bolz-Weber
Matt talks to Nadia Bolz-Weber, pastor of House for All Sinners and Saints, about preaching to oneself to benefit others, certitude’s roots in fear, and balancing authenticity with orthodoxy.