How should we report about Justin Bieber, Kanye West and other cases of well-known personalities who are considering the Christian faith?
Perhaps we too easily skim over the more minor characters that fill the pages of our Bibles?
You might be a good communicator, your message might be technically accurate in every detail, but if there is a leap from text to message, then you are undermining the foundational reality that God is a good communicator.
As preachers, as pastors, or as parents, let’s not usurp the Spirit’s role and try to force things along.
What our churches need is for people to have their hearts and minds engaged with the Word of God.
With different speakers (be they team members or visiting speakers), there is potentially some need to introduce the speaker.
Despite all that can go wrong, testimonies can be so powerful.
True biblical preaching is not primarily about outlines. It is about heart-to-heart communication.
Stephen knew that the only listener that ultimately mattered was the one standing to receive him into glory.
Jesus is not in the habit of fanning the flames of our egos as we pray.
Instead of simply provoking a celebratory nod from “the choir” in your church, why not clarify what you mean in your explanation, and what you mean by way of application?
Always take a look and see what the context of the Biblical text is offering by way of motivation.
Aim to build up, don’t hype up. Be sure to treat people as real people – both the unknown person you are speaking to and the famous person who just walked past you.
Prepare and preach a sermon that has a fingerprint as unique as the passage it is based on.
When you receive feedback make sure that instead of letting praise go to your head or criticism to your heart, first take it all to the throne.
Somebody has said that we tend to over-estimate what can be achieved by our next sermon, but we under-estimate what can be achieved through the next five years of faithful preaching.
Like a good parent you won’t be able to serve up a feast at every meal, but you will look to offer health at every opportunity.
Present the object of faith better, don’t just pressure people to have better faith.
A healthy church requires more than just a good diet from the pulpit.
I think it would be wise to schedule a break here and there.
True biblical preaching should always be potentially life-changing, and not at just the superficial level of traditional “to-do list” applications.
Listeners are impacted when the unique message of a passage is planted in their hearts.
Knowing yourself and knowing your preaching will increasingly help you to anticipate where a sermon may start to drag.
There is no one-size fits all introduction.
I keep hearing messages that start with an engaging or humorous story (great! Attention grabbed!) and then an awkward transition to the message.
The real first Christmas is not a fairytale or a myth, it is the remarkable launch of a rescue mission that changes human history.