Commercial and bureaucratic hindrances collided with an uncontrollable reality: the faith of many players.
The fulfillment of God’s great sin-conquering, life-giving, problem-solving, Satan-defeating, promise plan was Mary’s son, baby Jesus.
We can make no greater investment of our resources than to help churches become infectious communities of gospel-gripped people.
You can preach the landmarks of a Bible book over the course of a few Sundays.
A closer look at 1 Peter 3:8.
The reality we have to face is that we are not immune to such struggles.
In some churches those “in ministry” are expected to have it all together… so there may be nobody to talk to.
It gets mentioned in outreach planning. Preachers long to experience it through each new sermon. Reports on social media stir our longings.
We can preach about money after all, the Bible has a lot to say. But it is very awkward to talk about money for preachers.
Launching a series is an opportunity to invite people in and to invite people back in who might have drifted from regular attendance.
“The Forum is the best training event I've seen in Europe in the last 20-25 years”, says Prof. John Lennox. The morning Bible teacher will be Peter J. Williams, Principal and CEO of Tyndale House.
There is a struggle with temptation that is current and that is real.
There are some things that are preached with great life impact simply through clarity of explanation.
The preacher’s family life is real, whether you get to see the inner workings or not!
When a preacher helps them to see that this passage is relevant to their deepest needs, they will give it their full attention.
How can we know when instead of promoting the gospel in our context, we are merely reflecting the cultural and sub-cultural norms of our context?
It hurts when people’s grievances seem to inevitably hit the most visible targets in the church, which tends to be those who lead and preach.
“The decision defies common sense”, says Peter Saunders, Chief Executive of the Christian Medical Fellowship in the UK, because it “backs abortion on demand.” 1,000 doctors signed letter rejecting the BMA’s stance.
As a preacher, I sometimes feel overwhelmed by the expectations of others.
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.