Free webinar

How to preach challenging messages people can hear.

In our current national climate, even the beatitudes can be perceived as political. How do we offer challenging, necessary sermons about living the way of Christ in our current circumstances—while ensuring our message can be heard over partisan bias?

Live Webinar

October 20, 2020
4:00pm Central Time


  • What causes resistance to a difficult message—hint: it's not necessarily the listener's politics
  • The key to moving your audience past resistance to openness
  • Practical tips for preaching in the midst of our polarized reality
  • Q&A with Lisa
  • BONUS: Free download of "10 Ways to Improve Your Sermon by Sunday"

Taught by the Rev. Lisa Cressman

The Rev'd Lisa Cressman, D.Min., is an Episcopal priest and Founding Steward of Backstory Preaching, the online ministry where, since 2016, preachers of the mainline Protestant traditions have learned to thrive in the craft, process, and spirituality of their preaching. Her most recent book is The Gospel People Don't Want to Hear: Preaching Challenging Messages (Fortress Press/Working Preacher Books, 2020). Learn more about Lisa+ and Backstory Preaching at

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