Preaching

Put People First: Why Many Small Church Pastors Can Spend Less Time On Sermon Prep

In a big church, the pastor will have name-recognition relationships with a very small percentage of the people they’re communicating to on a weekly basis. When you add writing, podcasting and other forms of communication, it’s typical for the pastor of a large church to have a personal relationship with fewer than one percent of …

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6 Ways To Use PowerPoint (Yes, PowerPoint!) To Help Your Audience Become Better Listeners

I don’t do PowerPoint presentations. I teach. I preach. I talk. I illustrate. I tell stories. And I use visuals on a screen to enhance that communication. The program I use to create those visuals happens to be PowerPoint. Like any tool, it can be used well, or it can be used badly. PowerPoint is …

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5 Preaching Styles In 25 Years (Here’s What I Changed And Why)

Preaching matters. According to no less an authority than the Apostle Paul, the spoken message of Christ crucified is one the ways God has chosen to bring his message of salvation to the world (1 Corinthians 1:18-25). Because preaching matters, those of us who are entrusted to do so need to engage in it with …

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The Importance Of Doing lowercase ministry In An ALL CAPS World

There are a lot of voices yelling at us.

Stop that! Buy this! Do it now!

And it’s all accelerated by the device you’re currently using.

In such a loud, hurried world, it’s tempting to think that the only way to get our message and our ministry heard is to raise our voices above those around us.

It’s tempting to think that the only way to get our message and ministry heard is to raise our voices above the voices around us.
So we yell our message louder, use bigger, bolder colors, and get angrier.

But all that does is make the gospel message appear like part of the problem, not an answer to it.

The Importance Of Doing lowercase ministry In An ALL CAPS World

There are a lot of voices yelling at us.

Stop that! Buy this! Do it now!

And it’s all accelerated by the device you’re currently using.

In such a loud, hurried world, it’s tempting to think that the only way to get our message and our ministry heard is to raise our voices above those around us.

It’s tempting to think that the only way to get our message and ministry heard is to raise our voices above the voices around us.
So we yell our message louder, use bigger, bolder colors, and get angrier.

But all that does is make the gospel message appear like part of the problem, not an answer to it.

Looking For A Last-Minute Christmas Sermon Idea? Keep It Simple, Keep It Weird

The Christmas story is so simple. And so weird.

How simple?

Everyday simple – literally. As in, millions of times every day simple.

A baby is born.

How weird?

Other-worldly weird. Not-even-in-a-comic-book weird. It-can-only-be-a-miracle weird.

That baby is God, the creator of all things, come to this planet in human form.

One of the challenges of preaching for Christmas is holding those two very different truths in hand without falling into one of two traps.

Looking For A Last-Minute Christmas Sermon Idea? Keep It Simple, Keep It Weird

The Christmas story is so simple. And so weird.

How simple?

Everyday simple – literally. As in, millions of times every day simple.

A baby is born.

How weird?

Other-worldly weird. Not-even-in-a-comic-book weird. It-can-only-be-a-miracle weird.

That baby is God, the creator of all things, come to this planet in human form.

One of the challenges of preaching for Christmas is holding those two very different truths in hand without falling into one of two traps.