Just in time for the midterm elections, I’m teaming up with Backstory Preaching to offer a webinar on how to preach with courage in the midst of the red-blue divide, what I call “The Purple Zone.”
As a professor of preaching and worship, I’ve consistently encouraged pastors to put their best prophetic foot forward when it comes to addressing controversial justice issues in the pulpit. But here’s the truth many clergy have shared with me – they are afraid to preach about issues of public concern. They know their sermons should in some way address things like racism, homophobia, climate change, sexism, economic issues, or hatred of foreigners, for example. But fear holds them back, keeps them quiet, and muzzles their prophetic voice. How can you preach when you are afraid?