In a context of confusion and flashy journalism, rigour becomes a precious value.
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.
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.
Ten reasons why Will Graham admires the American preacher, Paul Washer.
How to listen to a sermon.
According to a survey in the UK, the majority of Christians wish sermons were shorter. Half of the surveyed feel that “young people are not given enough of a chance to preach in church.”
Ten lessons that Will Graham learned from Ian Paisley's most famous sermon.