New Cycle A Resources are Here!

NEW Preaching the Parables of Jesus

Bill Tuck likes stories; short stories and long, all kinds of stories. That’s what makes this book so special! Basically, it’s about the stories of Jesus, which are so important in themselves. But Bill talks about them in the context of other stories, so that the stories and parts of stories all come alive for us. Preachers will love this book, because they’ll want to tell the stories that Bill told. So will other readers. We all love stories, because they tell us about life and how to live it. And that’s what makes this book a “must read.”John Killinger, former pastor and professor and author of many books including Fundamentals of Preaching.

There are so many books of sermons on the parables. I have almost twenty just on my shelf! Could preachers and laypeople need another one? The answer is “Yes” when it is William P. Tuck’s Stories that Continue to Speak to Us Today: Looking Again at the Parables of Jesus. The author looks at seventeen parables through detailed biblical study, careful theological reflection, insightful hermeneutical consideration, and creative and engaging homiletical formulation…With imaginative language, crisp turns of phrase, illustrations that are just right, the preacher brings these stories alive in such a way that they speak to us today. This book would be ideal background for sermons — including sermon series — and it would be an excellent resource for Bible study class or group as well as for individual reading.Ronald J. Allen, Professor of Preaching and Gospels and Letters Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis....More info...

NEW Stories / Sermons for Funerals & Eulogies

Recognizing the power of stories, Richard Zajac wrote this book as a resource to pastors with grievers in mind. The relatable, Christ-centered stories will help the preacher (or eulogizer) make a connection with the family and friends of the deceased.

At the beginning of each chapter is a brief instruction of how the story or illustration that immediately follows might be used in your homily. Then Zajac gives an example of how he used that illustration. The closing illustrations are meant to stand alone, but may well be used to underline an aspect of the deceased’s life that should be underlined or which hadn’t been mentioned earlier in the eulogy.

A helpful Scripture Index is included that also contains suggestions for use....More info...

NEW Sketches For Recognizing Christ

...a pathway to see with new eyes...
Franciscan monk, mystic, and recording artist John Michael Talbot once sang, “Behold now the kingdom: see with new eyes” — a call to find Christ’s presence and goodness in the world around us. Hope Harle-Mould has given us a pathway to see with new eyes. From the mundane to the magnificent, Hope takes what our eyes miss and reveals beneath it the promise of Christ’s abiding presence and enduring wisdom. A.K.A. Jesus: 22 Sketches for Recognizing the Present-Tense Christ will awaken your spirit to find the sacred in the profane, laughter amongst the tragedy, hope through the pain, and something in what once felt like nothing. Let those who have eyes to see, see. Christ walks among us. Read this book and see with new eyes.
Rev. John Dorhauer is General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ...More info...

NEW Monologues on Mothers of the Faith

Faith of Our Mothers is a unique approach to well-known stories, helping to bring biblical characters to life before our eyes. This book contains many monologues that portray biblical women who went above the expectations of the day, eager to teach others about the love of God. Through use of these monologues, lay people and church leaders alike can don the personalities of women such as Eve, Mary, Esther, and more.

This work can be used for church women’s groups, during Wednesday night fellowship, vacation bible school, worship services and seasonal services. These portrayals allow for classic stories to be revisited in a new light, as well as bring lesser-known tales to the foreground.

Although this book does consist of monologues and costume ideas for each performance, there is no difficulty falling into the roles provided by LaNell Johnson. Her words allow the performances to be memorized or read aloud while maintaining their message about God’s dedication and love for God’s people....More info...

NEW Preaching on Revelation

“...identifies the ... opportunities that Revelation presents for preaching...”
The book of Revelation often seems daunting for preaching, yet it has a compelling message of hope that needs to be heard. Drawing on pastoral wisdom and experience, Rolf Svanoe has created a resource that identifies the challenges and the opportunities that Revelation presents for preaching. Using actual sermons as examples, he invites readers to discern new ways in which Revelation can speak meaningfully in new and changing contexts.
Craig Koester
Asher O. & Carrie Nasby Professor of New Testament, Luther Seminary
Author of Revelation and the End of All Things (2018, 2nd ed.)
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NEW Study on Revelation

Without pointing fingers or naming names, Bill Thomas, a veteran pastor and author, has written a study that will give you and your study companions insight into the early church and how our modern church, in many ways, mirrors the Seven Churches of Asia. The church’s struggle today is not all that different from the difficulties the church faced in the first century. That is why Bill Thomas wrote Dear Church; to analyze Jesus’ message to the seven first-century churches of Asia on how to overcome their challenges. Titled Dear Church: The Letters to the Seven Churches in Asia, this concise work makes the churches in the book of Revelation relevant to contemporary Christians.

Because Lent is a time to reflect, repent, and learn, this volume is ideal for use as a Lenten or Easter season study....More info...

Indispensable for Pastors

Brian Ross has written the book I wish I had found when I began my ministry career! At once eminently practical and highly readable, It is also a "one stop shop" for perspective on dozens of subjects encountered in day-to-day ministry. Filled with everything from a template for weddings and funerals to wisdom for working with difficult people, this is the first book you should purchase when beginning your ministry with a church.
— Rev. Dr. Christine Roush, Discipleship Coordinator, American Baptist Home Mission Societies...

Brian’s manual offers practical advice that will be helpful as a constant reference to any pastor. His reminders to ask why we do what we do in the church and to do whatever we do with excellence are important for any minister.
— Rev. Jonna Bohigian, Pastor, St. Timothy’s Lutheran Church, San Jose, CA...More info...

The Practical Message of James

Wayne Brouwer focuses on the practical nature of James' message and how it should make a difference to us.

The book of James is especially relevant to our times as it references social tensions such as between rich and poor, race, etc. As income inequality continues to increase we can look at James' writings and relate to a time in the early church when economic and social issues were a major concern.

Brouwer uses his devotions on the book of James to accentuate ways that we can emulate God, serving others as we would want to be treated. Our relationship with God is not based solely upon our faith. Brouwer details throughout Practical Christianity how our relationship with God is built upon an unending, undeserved grace, which we therefore must share with those around us. More info...

NEW 1-Minute Stories for Sermons

Known for his famous sixty-second stories about faith and God’s love, Gary Carver compiles some of his favorite one-minute sermons into this book to teach those who need to understand the love of God the most. “God has given to me the gift to see stories in the everyday lives of people, and the love of telling these stories, that people just like you may see spiritual truth.” In this world of varying beliefs and arguments, Carver wants to remind Christians of what it truly means to follow God and to understand what Jesus’ sacrifice means for each of us.

Although his messages are short, they are deep and full of love, showing that we all have a bit of God in us. Throughout his pastoral career, Carver encountered a slew of unique people, preachers and laypersons alike — each with their own unique depiction of our God. Through each of his stories, Carver details exactly what God wants from us as his disciples, regardless of race, sexual orientation, gender identity, social class, political party or religion — the mandate to love your neighbors, no matter what....More info...

NEW Stories for Preaching & Teaching

Our world needs a word of grace. John Pennington’s book gives us those words. We are reminded that we are ‘God’s beloved,’ and the final work of grace is to make us grateful and gracious. Here is hoping it will inspire you, as it has me, to love God and others. — Beth C. Parker, Moderator, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Kentucky

I came to John Pennington’s Whatever Became of Grace? from more than seventy years of Presbyterian upbringing, deacon meetings, and Sessions of the Synod that has been enriched by more than twenty years in a Twelve Step Program, where I learned the meaning of grace in a very personal way. Whatever Became of Grace? would fit easily into a reading list that Bill Wilson, founder of AA, might compose. John Pennington understands grace, and I thank God he has shared these interpretations with us. – Steve Cawood...More info...

NEW Funeral Sermons

The funeral sermons that make up George Reed’s Funeral Sermons that Proclaim and Celebrate, teach that the passing of a loved one should not be seen as the end of a life, but rather the beginning of a new chapter in which the deceased has been reborn with God in heaven. Throughout his book, he encourages his audience to remember their late relatives and friends through their memories, of all the good times spent together. He reminds us of how the deceased’s actions display God’s presence in the world. Their life, though beautiful like a rainbow, similarly cannot last forever, but the memories of that rainbow lives on in our memories long after its passing....More info...

Stewardship Resources

While it's not the most favorite topic of pastors, stewardship is definitely one of the most important jobs of the church. CSS helps ease the pain of talking about money and gifts (financial and spiritual) with a diverse range of practical resources...
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Children's Sermons and Resources

Check out the vast array of children's resources published by CSS Publishing Company. Get the help you need in communicating with the toughest to reach and most important demographic in your congregation.
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Special Occasion Sermons

This collection from David Rogne presents a great opportunity for pastors and congregations to connect faith to their everyday lives. Sermons include:
  • Stewardship Sunday
       Increasing the Joy
  • World Communion Sunday
       Communion by the Sea
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