The reports about Andrew Brunson’s release are just another example of how little the media know about evangelical churches.
The real challenge is not filling time, but knowing what to cut out to fit the time you have.
What may stir pride in the preacher? When might we be vulnerable to this great enemy?
We run the risk of making the humour a feature of the message, and sail very close to being an entertainer, which is a far lesser calling than being an engaging authentic proclaimer of God’s Word.
Once you have prayed, wrestled, tried, failed, corrected and tried again, you may eventually arrive at a golden destination: an understanding of the text’s details in context.
Our understanding of anointed ministry should be rooted in a thoroughly biblical understanding of the work and person of the Holy Spirit.
When an epistle does its work, it can really work in the heart and mind of a listener.
Blackpool Transport removed promotions for the event, after social media pressure from LGBT groups. “I am not coming to preach hate, I’m here to preach about Jesus”, Graham said.
A good preacher of poetry does for listeners what a gallery guide might do for me: lead me beyond first impressions, cause me to slow down and start to feel with the artist.
When a narrative does its work, it can really work in the heart and mind of a listener.
Preach to the people in front of you, but prayerfully ponder how the Sunday sermon can shape more than just that moment.
We represent God not only in what we say, but also in how we say it.
Myth 8: Since preaching is not a performance, as long as the content is good, delivery doesn’t matter.
Evangelist Hélder Favarin gives insights into how to preach the gospel evangelistically in a secularized society. Sometimes preaching “sounds like a foreign language to non-Christians”.
Myth 6: A sermon is just the sum of its parts.
Spurgeon's famous sermon turns 130 years old.
Myth 5: Only well-prepared sermons get blessed.
Myth 4: If the sermon is true, all is well.
Myth 3: If a sermon is really good then listeners will not be offended.
Myth 2: If it bears good fruit then it is a good sermon.
Myth 1: Since the preacher was led by God in the preparation, it would be wrong to evaluate the sermon.
You can preach the landmarks of a Bible book over the course of a few Sundays.
How an eighteenth-century preacher dedicated his life to Christ.
Theologian Michael Reeves explores some of the lessons we can learn from how the Reformers learned to preach Christ half a millennia ago.
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.