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Some churches get very upset if the preacher uses any humour in the pulpit. Other churches esteem humour above all else that comes from the pulpit.
The U2 singer talks about the Psalms in the Bible, music and life in a Fuller seminary video series. Artists “please God being brutally honest”, he says.
Three truths that help us overcome the power of the flesh.
Christian leaders from Egypt, Sweden, Spain, react to the terrorist attack. Christian organisations in the UK express their thoughts.
European Christian leaders gathered in Poland pray for the relatives of the victims. Medical doctor Peter J. Saunders: “We call for Christians to pray, serve, care and comfort those who have been deeply hurt by this tragedy.”
20 suggestions for a better connection between preacher and listeners.
The heavenly hope was, for Peter, no “pie in the sky when we die” – it was a real and life defining certain expectation.
We need to listen well, watch carefully, pray diligently, and keep in mind that in pastoral care situations there will be multiplied factors at play.
The preacher speaks a message that is intensely personal, yet also expansively global in scope.
Evangelicals in Northern Ireland underline his relationship with adversary Ian Paisley and pray that the “journey towards peace” continues.
It is good to rethink the gospel presentations we use.
Most of the time most of us remain blissfully unaware of riches with which we have not yet engaged.
The new guidance of the General Pharmaceutical Council puts pressure on Christian professionals, says CEO of the Christian Medical Fellowship Peter J. Saunders.
Spanish group Evangelicals in Economy and Business organises conference for business leaders. Meeting regularly with fellow believers is “vitally important”, says experienced businessman Peter Briscoe.
Both content and form speak of the divine heart beating on every page of the Bible.
If you are telling David’s story with Goliath, much better to have a stone in your hand than to be wearing authentic shepherding garb from 1000BC.
The fact of Jesus’ death for us is an objective truth that should grip us and reassure us. Was I wanted? Most definitely, yes. The cross has proven that!
Scars can be powerful preaching aids, but open wounds rarely are.
We are totally vulnerable before him, whether we know it or not, he knows us.
For years I sat and heard messages that seemed to be targeted at someone else (and often that someone else was not there). What a wasted opportunity.
Here are some favourites that preachers sometimes find themselves repeating.
Morning always comes. We live in darkness, but we live with hope. And our hope is God Himself.
We should take the angst we feel about crowns and rewards and then let that energy drive us into the Bible to explore what God is like.
Is there a Bible school where you could take a single course? Diligently hunt the best books to read, as well as well-informed people to engage with in conversation.
We need to be people who guard hearts in the church environment. Good music and good preaching is not enough.