The Rev. Dr. Thomas G. Long

Denomination: Presbyterian Church (USA) (PCUSA)
Organization: Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, GA

The Rev. Dr. Thomas G. Long is the Bandy Professor of Preaching Emeritus at Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, and the author or editor of 14 books on preaching and worship. He is ordained in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

He is the chair of the Day1 Advisory Board, comprosed of leading preachers, scholars, and other leaders.

Dr. Long received his BA and M.Div. from Erskine Seminary and his Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1980. He began his career as a preacher at McElroy Presbyterian Church near Atlanta, GA and since that time has taught at a number of seminaries, including Princeton. Columbia, and Candler.

In 1996, Dr. Long was named one of the twelve most effective preachers in the English speaking world by Baylor University, along with the likes of Fred Craddock, Billy Graham, James Forbes, Barbara Brown Taylor and William Willimon. He was ordained by the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church and currently his ordination is held by the PCUSA.

Day1 Weekly Programs by The Rev. Dr. Thomas G. Long

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Is There Joy in God's House?

Friday October 24, 2008
The Rev. Dr. Thomas G. Long is a minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and the Bandy Professor of Preaching at Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, Ga.

So, What about the Resurrection?

Friday October 24, 2008
The Rev. Dr. Thomas G. Long is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and the Bandy Professor of Preaching at Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, Ga. Dr. Long explores the human need for proof of the resurrection.

Called by Name

Friday October 24, 2008
The Rev. Dr. Thomas G. Long is a minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and the Bandy Professor of Preaching at Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, Ga.

Meeting the Good Samaritan

Friday October 24, 2008
The Rev. Dr. Thomas G. Long helps us see the deeper story in the parable of the Good Samaritan that Jesus is the despised and rejected Samaritan that lifts our broken lives from the ditch and into healing.

Mary and Martha

Friday October 24, 2008
The Rev. Dr. Thomas G. Long takes a careful look at the story of the conflict between Mary and Martha and sees Jesus' call to attend closely to the Word in order to make our service deep, meaningful and lasting.

What's the Gift?

Friday October 24, 2008
As the church celebrates Pentecost, the Rev. Dr. Tom Long helps us grasp what the gift of the Holy Spirit really means in our lives and in our churches today.

The Start of the Trail

Friday October 24, 2008
The Rev. Dr. Tom Long says the doctrine of the Trinity is like a trail in a deep and mysterious forest called the life of God, and if we walk this trail we’ll discover something of what God is truly like in all of God’s beauty and wildness and splendor.

Tom Long: Numbering Our Days - Faith & Science Series Part 7

Friday October 24, 2008
The Rev. Dr. Tom Long says the psalmist asks God to teach us to number our days that we may gain a wise heart. In light of advances in medical science, how do we best do that?

Tom Long: The Wrong Town at the Wrong Time

Friday October 24, 2008
Dr. Tom Long helps us consider the magi seeking the newborn king in a new way””as those who came to the wrong town at the wrong time. These were likely learned men, and it’s surprising that they went to Jerusalem rather than Bethlehem, since they were supposedly following a guiding star. But, as an impoverished believer in Nicaragua put it “In Herod’s palace there was nothing but corruption and evil, and the Messiah couldn’t be born there. He had to be born among the people, poor, in a stable.”

Articles by The Rev. Dr. Thomas G. Long

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Day1 Benefit with Dr. Tom Long - March 24th 2009

Friday October 24, 2008
A recap of the March 24th benefit for Day1 and the Alliance for Christian Media kicking off the campaign for the Protestant Hour Archive project. Also featuring the 2009 Community Leaders of Faith awards.

ON Scripture: Dr. Tom Long on John 1:6-8;19-28: Faith and Fear

Friday October 24, 2008
The fear about exposure and judgment comes to white hot focus in a remarkable biblical story, told early in the Gospel of John, about an investigative team dispatched from the capital city to interrogate an enigmatic preacher named John the Baptizer.

Chris Yaw Interviews Tom Long: Preaching Better...And Longer!

Friday October 24, 2008
Average sermon length is now over 17 minutes these days – signalling the first increase in average American sermons in 200 years – says Thomas Long, Candler professor and preaching expert. There are several reasons, says Long, one of them is that people are looking for ”˜useful’ sermons – that take longer to unpack.

Tom Long: Craddock made 'our hearts more hospitable, our imaginations more free'

Friday October 24, 2008
Thomas G. Long, Bandy Professor of Preaching at Candler, shared this reflection at Fred Craddock's memorial service on March 9, 2015, at Cherry Log Christian Church in north Georgia.

ON Scripture: Imagining Economic Justice (Matthew 20:1-16) By Thomas G. Long

Friday October 24, 2008
Every day at 3:00 a.m., the men who have slept on the floor of the Border Farmworkers Center in El Paso rouse themselves from sleep. Soon the busses from the farms growing chiles and peppers in New Mexico will rattle into the parking lot. The overseers will step off the buses and look over the crowd of men hoping to work in the fields. Those who appear young, strong, and able will be summoned to get on the bus, while others will be left behind, hoping that another bus will soon arrive needing laborers.

Television by The Rev. Dr. Thomas G. Long

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Day1 March Benefit - Featuring Rev. Dr. Thomas Long

Friday October 24, 2008
Rev. Dr. Thomas Long speaks to the Annual Day1 Benefit Gala on Tuesday, March 24th 2009. The gala celebrated the 2009 Atlanta Community Leaders of Faith and kicked off a campaign to restore the historic archives of the Protestant Hour and Day1. Community Leaders of Faith for 2009 are: Jean and Betty Mori, Gay Love, Alexis Scott, Spurgeon Richardson, Coach Bill Curry and Ann Cramer.

30 Good Minutes - A Conversation with Thomas Long

Friday October 24, 2008
Hosts Daniel Pawlus and Lydia Talbot in conversation with Thomas Long on the topic of our calling. He says the call to serve God is always costly, but never ourtside the range of our abilities. God uses the gifts and passions we have already been given to equip us for whatever it is to which we are called.

Where You Never Expected to Be - Thomas Long on 30 Good Minutes

Friday October 24, 2008
Dr. Thomas Long, Professor of Preaching at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, shares a message called "Where You Never Expected to Be." He says God calls us to tasks we never imagined for ourselves and places we never expected to be. If we know how to listen, we can hear God's call right now.

The Rev. Dr. Thomas Long - "A Living Hope" on 30 Good Minutes

Friday October 24, 2008
What does impudent mean? The Rev. Thomas Long discusses early Christianity and Christian hope in this inspirational message on challenges, persistence and an undying faith in the strength of God's message.

The Rev. Dr. Thomas Long - Conversation on "A Living Hope" on 30 Good Minutes

Friday October 24, 2008
A conversation on the sermon "A Living Hope" on 30 Good Minutes by the Rev. Dr. Thomas Long.

Conversation with Tom Long - A 30 Good Minutes Interview

Friday October 24, 2008
Lillian Daniel and Daniel Pawlus in conversation with Tom Long on the power of words to create or divide a community””a family, a faith group, a nation.

The Rev. Dr. Thomas G. Long - "Sticks and Stones" - 30 Good Minutes

Friday October 24, 2008
Many people are concerned about the breakdown in civil discourse in society, the way we speak about each other in our public and political life. Dr. Thomas G. Long, Bandy Professor of Preaching at Emory University's Candler School of Theology, explores the power of words to hurt or to heal.

The Rev. Dr. Thomas G. Long - A Day1 Conversation with Peter Wallace

Friday October 24, 2008
The Rev. Dr. Thomas G. Long sits down with Day1 host Peter Wallace to discuss his teaching work with the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, his books on evil and suffering as well as the Christian funeral, and his thoughts on how our very own Protestant Hour archives could provide a valuable window into the history of preaching in the 20th century. Join us for a conversation of faith and hope, only on Day1.

The Riddles of Jesus

Friday October 24, 2008
The Rev. Dr. Thomas G. Long gives us some insight into the use of riddles in the bible as a method for storytelling, and what it reveals that we can learn from our faith.

Dr. Tom Long on "30 Good Minutes": Through the Churning Waters

Friday October 24, 2008
In his message, Through the Churning Waters, Tom Long, Professor of Preaching at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology, talks about grief and healing, and how faith plays a part in moving us from grief to wholeness.

Radio by The Rev. Dr. Thomas G. Long

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Day 1 Podcast Extra- Long

Friday October 24, 2008
In this Day One Podcast Extra, The Rev. Dr. Thomas G. Long, Bandy Professor of Preaching at Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, and the author or editor of 14 books on preaching and worship, shares his personal insights and experi