Our Buechner blog features articles from Fred and guest authors, selected excerpts from Buechner books, audio and video recordings, and announcements from the Frederick Buechner Center.

The following was Buechner's response to the question: "Where does the sermon begin for you?"

I'm not sure it's always the same thing. I mean I can think where texts have just cried out to be preached on. I remember for instance having to preach on Palm Sunday and I wouldn’t have had to preach the Palm Sunday text, but I did because I did because I have that business of Jesus...

In recognition of Friendship Day, here is an article originally published in Whistling in the Dark and later in ...

The following is a portion of Buechner’s commentary about preaching when he spoke at the Festival of Faith and Writing at Calvin College in April 2004. 

The text I love that has to do with preaching is from First John where he says, “that which was from the beginning which we have heard, which we have seen with our own eyes, which we have looked upon and touched with our own...

This sermon by Christian author Frederick Buechner was first aired on the Chicago Sunday Evening Club TV program on 1/27/91. Duration: 11:43.

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Buechner is answering questions after a lecture.

The book will appear and the question always is what is the next book to do. And, I don’t know the answer to that. And I’ve always been very, not always, but almost always been lucky. Something always turned up. And often enough, sort of the older I get, the spookier I get. The more supernaturally inclined I get. And things I...

Today's guest quote is by Rob Bell, from Love Wins:

 

Love demands freedom. It always has, and it always will.  We are free to resist, reject, and rebel against God's ways for us. We can have all the hell we want.

Buechner is lecturing on preaching.

Imagination--I wanted to talk a little bit about imagination. The more I think about it, the more it is hard to describe as a human phenomenon. Yet I think it is; it is a very specific muscle of the brain that everybody has. We say some people are imaginative, other people are not imaginative; I think...

People sometimes say to me, “Why did you get out of the ministry?” I find that deeply unsettling, because I don’t in any sense think of myself as giving up the ministry. But I do think of writing as a ministry.

 

-Originally published in the Wittenburg Door

 

 

Weekly Sermon Illustrations: Nathan

In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic.

On August 2, 2015 we will celebrate The Tenth Sunday After Pentecost.  Here is this...

Buechner is lecturing on preaching.

I think most of what I did at Exeter, those nine turbulent years, of trying to teach religion to these people who hated it, was to try to say, “Look, these words, which seem so bankrupt and so unreal and irrelevant and wooly-headed, and old fashioned really stand for realities, which are just as real today as they were then." One of the...

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