The life of evangelical churches and their spiritual leaders has been portrayed in some recent films and series. Can they help us start conversations?
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.
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.
Present the object of faith better, don’t just pressure people to have better faith.
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.
Every passage of the Bible is saying something about something in a unique way.
Spend fifteen or twenty minutes chatting with the guy on the sound desk as you collect your microphone, and a handful of other people you can strike up a conversation with, and you tend to learn a lot about a church.
Humility is not just something God prefers. Humility is not an arbitrary demand we can hope to bypass. Nor is humility a contrast to God’s supposed demand for the spotlight.
The real challenge is not filling time, but knowing what to cut out to fit the time you have.
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.
When an epistle does its work, it can really work in the heart and mind of a listener.
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.
Myth 8: Since preaching is not a performance, as long as the content is good, delivery doesn’t matter.
Myth 6: A sermon is just the sum of its parts.
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.