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  • The Preacher and the Text

    Founders Ministries Blog
    The Preacher and the Text How do I avoid falling into the trap of trying to impress others with my self-perceived cleverness or homiletical skills or oratorical abilities? Let me offer a few questions to help preachers and teachers to better prepare to “preach the Word.”
  • So, You're Preaching This Sunday...

    Ray Pritchard
    So, You're Preaching This Sunday... Let’s suppose you’re a pastor and you’re preaching this Sunday. That’s six days away. To the man or woman in the pew, that seems like a long time, but it’s not. Perhaps you’ve heard of the Preacher’s Calendar. It goes like this...
  • Why Preach from a Manuscript?

    Tim Brister
    Why Preach from a Manuscript? I have taken some time in recent days to reflect on the lessons I’ve learned and benefits I’ve received from using a full manuscript in my preaching, and I thought I share them here for what it’s worth.
  • 4 Ways to Overcome the Monday Morning “Preaching Hangover”

    Brian Croft
    4 Ways to Overcome the Monday Morning “Preaching Hangover” You may call it something different, but every pastor knows about it. It is the mental, emotional, and spiritual crash that takes place the next day (Monday) as a result of pouring your heart and soul out in the proclamation of God’s Word to God’s people the day before.
  • 5 Ways I Prepare to Preach

    Ron Edmondson
    5 Ways I Prepare to Preach People often ask how I prepare to preach on Sunday mornings. Here are the routines that help me prepare.
  • A Key Sign that You Are Maturing as a Preacher

    Michael J. Kruger
    A Key Sign that You Are Maturing as a Preacher Over the years, I have learned to ask students a key question that can reveal a lot about how they are developing as a preacher. “What did you leave out?”
  • Stay Sharp, Pastor!

    Theologically Driven
    Stay Sharp, Pastor! We, as pastors, need help in staying sharp, setting priorities for continued growth in knowledge and ability in that which is our main calling–the ministry. Here are some tips for doing so:
  • 5 Questions to Unpack a Bible Passage to Teach

    Ron Edmondson
    5 Questions to Unpack a Bible Passage to Teach Someone asked me recently how I address a Bible passage in order to teach about it. I certainly don’t claim to be an expert, but I do have a system.
  • Should a Pastor Use an iPad to Minister the Word?

    Brian Croft
    Should a Pastor Use an iPad to Minister the Word? As this question has forced its way on the scene as a result of our growing technological advances—so have strong opinions on this matter. Here is a basic template for every pastor to consider in determining the kind of means we should use as we seek to minister God’s word to God’s people.
  • Ezra 7: A Description of Pastoral Ministry

    Matthew Harmon
    Ezra 7: A Description of Pastoral Ministry In reading through Ezra, I was once again struck by the summary description of Ezra’s ministry to the returned exiles found in 7:9–10...
  • 15 Things to Recall the Next Time You’re Criticized

    Mark Altrogge
    15 Things to Recall the Next Time You’re Criticized Criticism is tough to take, but often necessary. So, how can we become more quick to hear? Next time someone corrects, criticizes, or points out a failure or sin to you, try these tips.
  • Neglecting the Old Testament

    Al Mohler
    Neglecting the Old Testament In our circles—our pulpits, Sunday school classes, and Bible study groups—the biggest problem is the ignorance and neglect of the Old Testament. We must admit it: a good many evangelical preachers and Bible teachers simply have no idea what to do with the Old Testament.
  • The Oversight of Ourselves

    Theologically Driven
    The Oversight of Ourselves If you are looking at a renewal or reformation of your heart for ministry, I would prescribe this book. Baxter gives us good, straightforward medicine on having a pastoral ministry that is scripturally proportioned.
  • Thoughts on Preparing an Easter Sermon

    Philip Nation
    Thoughts on Preparing an Easter Sermon For those of us who preach each week, the opportunity to proclaim the gospel on Easter is one of the great joys in life. The following are a few of my own thoughts about preparing for the Easter sermon.
  • The Pressure of Easter Preaching

    Ron Edmondson
    The Pressure of Easter Preaching Pastor, do you feel a pressure on Easter unlike other Sundays? What if we simply preach that Christ was crucified, buried and rose again?
  • The Great Equalizer in Preaching

    Rick Whitter
    The Great Equalizer in Preaching You’re pouring your heart out. You preach like a man possessed (in a good way). You wax eloquent. And then it happens; you make eye contact with the one person in the crowd that can truly humble you – your spouse.
  • How Do I Prepare a Sermon for a Funeral?

    Brian Croft
    How Do I Prepare a Sermon for a Funeral? A funeral sermon should not exceed 20 minutes and should highlight these three categories, preferably expounded from Scripture...
  • Sermon Prep for the Bivocational Pastor

    Philip Nation
    Sermon Prep for the Bivocational Pastor In thinking about my amount of preparation, it is difficult to land on how many hours it takes. The main reason is that it feels as if every spare moment often leads to thinking about the next sermon.
  • How a Man After God’s Own Heart Leads: Lessons from King David

    Ron Edmondson
    How a Man After God’s Own Heart Leads: Lessons from King David One great example of motivating a team during crisis comes from the writings of David in Psalm 3. At the time of this writing, it is believed that David was hiding out from his own son Absalom. His encouragement kept his troops focused and gave them strength they needed in desperate times.
  • Expository Preaching Part 2 – Content

    Matthew Harmon
    Expository Preaching Part 2 – Content Expository preaching is more than merely making sure that some of the topics present in the passage are present in your message. Good expository preaching seeks to determine the central thrust of the passage and make that the central thrust of the message.