A Neglected Key to Effective Ministry

Posted by on Mar 27, 2014 in Pastoral Ministry, Preaching | 7 comments

I studied what scripture teaches about spiritual leadership. And my eyes were opened about how the Lord governs his church. But I hit a sticking point. I had not seen what I was learning done in any church that I knew. I needed some advice. So I made an appointed with a pastor I respected. I told him what I learned and asked how he viewed the issue. He agreed with me, clarified my thoughts on some points, and affirmed that I was headed in the...

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If You Catch Him Right…

Posted by on Aug 26, 2013 in Preaching | 4 comments

There was a pastor I listened to during the early days of my ministry. I really enjoyed his preaching. And I would commend him to other preachers. This pastor was not well-known to many of the preachers I talked to. And they would ask me what his preaching was like. “He can say it,” I would respond, “if you catch him right.” A friend gave me a lot of tapes of this pastor over the years. Some of the messages were stellar...

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Do You Want To Be SOMEBODY?

Posted by on Aug 16, 2013 in Preaching | 18 comments

One of my pulpit heroes preached at my church. We didn’t really know one another. Yet he agreed to come. I was beyond excited. I have absolutely no recollection of the service or sermon that night. But I will never forget the conversation afterward in my study. Food had been prepared. And a few preachers hung around to eat and chat, including several denomination leaders that had come to hear our special guest. The denominational leaders...

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An Essential Part of Planning Your Preaching

Posted by on Jul 25, 2013 in Pastoral Ministry, Preaching | 12 comments

I am a proponent of planning your preaching. I plan out my preaching a year in advance.  And I urge other preachers to do the same. But any plan is better than no plan. It may be a plan for the coming quarter or month. Or maybe for the next two weeks. Anything beats the pressure of looking for something to preach each week. There are multiple benefits to developing a preaching plan. It saves time. It relieves stress. It allows you to work...

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Two Great Reasons to Preach the Bible

Posted by on Jun 13, 2013 in Preaching, Quotations | 3 comments

In my pulpit I preach from the Bible for two reasons. First, I am not smart enough to preach anything else. If I were to preach on social issues, there are sociologists in my congregation who would know far more about them than I. If I were to preach on political issues, there are politicians who would know more than I do in that field. Second, I am too smart to preach anything else because I know that God blesses his Word and it will not...

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“That’s Not My Crowd.”

Posted by on May 9, 2013 in Preaching | 24 comments

My pastor rebuked me yesterday. We spent most of the phone conversation catching up. And we exchanged prayer requests for upcoming speaking engagements. Then Pas brought up an event I preached not too long ago. He told me he was proud of me. He also asked me about my observations of the event. I answered the same way I answer anyone who asks me about it. “That’s not my crowd,” I said. Pas interrupted me. He firmly told me that...

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