As theological debates on sexuality and marriage become more and more central, many Christian denominations are being asked to clarify their views.
A closer look at how to preach the Word faithfully.
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.
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.
Lindsay Brown closed the European Leadership Forum in Poland challenging participants to recover the centrality of the gospel and strengthen the mission of carrying the message of Christ to the ends of the Earth.
About 800 participants will travel to Poland to take part in specialised networks. John Lennox will be the main Bible teacher during the annual gathering, which aims to strengthen God’s mission in European countries.
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.
Simple preaching is powerful preaching.
The preacher speaks a message that is intensely personal, yet also expansively global in scope.
“Many people never read big chunks of the Bible at all, they just return again and again to the bits they experience as inspiring or comforting”, says researcher Ruth Perrin.
The testimony of a wonderful man of God, John Harper (1872-1912).
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 participants of the “Preaching Workshop” come from “a wide diversity of backgrounds and denominations”. One of its aims is “to train a whole new generation of Bible preachers in Spain”.
Both content and form speak of the divine heart beating on every page of the Bible.
A closer look at Spurgeon's teaching on regeneration.
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.
How to listen to a sermon.
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!
The youth event in Switzerland had live music, international speakers and time to study Scripture in small groups. “We love the #Bible and we are fascinated by it”.
How to prepare an expository sermon.
Scars can be powerful preaching aids, but open wounds rarely are.