Preaching in the Purple Zone


Why the Ten Commandments Authorize Prophetic Preaching

When we read the Ten Commandments today, most people only think of them as a set of rules for the conduct between individuals. And most of us were taught to think about the Catechism as a morality document. But there is a revolutionary aspect to the Ten Commandments and Luther's Catechism that people often forget or want to gloss over. Just writing the Catechism was a radical act for its day.    Click here to read more.

How do we preach in the Red/Blue divide?

Watch for articles and sample sermons to help you see what's possible for prophetic preaching in the Purple Zone.

Hot Topics

How can you craft sermons that will speak to the important issues of our time?  Check back soon for model sermons.

How are other ministers faring in the Red/Blue divide?

The Purple Zone is a place to share struggles, successes, challenges and best practices for engaging people in our churches with radically different political, social and cultural orientations.  Stay tuned for essays and articles.

Should I stay or should I go?

What if there are "irreconcilable differences" between members or between the members and the pastor when it comes to the proclamation of the gospel and the ministry of Jesus Christ?  The Purple Zone will tackle this tough topic.  Stay tuned!

Preaching in the Purple Zone


Why The Ten Commandments Authorize Prophetic Preaching

When we read the Ten Commandments today, most people only think of them as a set of rules for the conduct between individuals. And most of us were taught to think about the Catechism as a morality document. We were sent to Catechism class (or send our kids to Confirmation) to learn the basics of the faith and to instill the moral values to make us good people. And that is certainly part of what Luther intended. But there is a revolutionary aspect to the Catechism that people often forget or want to gloss over. Just writing the Catechism was a radical act for its day.  Read more at:  https://thepurplezone.wordpress.com/2017/03/10/why_ten_commandments_prophetic/

How do we preach in the Red/Blue divide?

Watch for articles and sermons to help you see what's possible for prophetic preaching.

Hot topics

How can you craft sermons that will speak to the important issues of our time?  Check back soon for model sermons.

How are other ministers faring in the Red/Blue divide?

The Purple Zone is a place to share struggles, successes, challenges and best practices for engaging people in our churches with radically different political, social and cultural orientations.  Stay tuned for articles about how pastors are navigating the risks of preaching in these difficult times.  

Should I stay or should I go?

What if there are "irreconcilable differences" between members or between the members and the pastor when it comes to the proclamation of the gospel and the ministry of Jesus Christ?  The Purple Zone will tackle this tough topic.  Stay tuned!