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.
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.
I recently received an email from a pastor struggling with his schedule who asked me how I arranged my weekly schedule. Hopefully, the following will provide a template for you to think through your own schedule.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
While I think there are other forms of preaching that are valuable and have a place within the life of the church, it is my conviction that expository preaching should be the foundation of the pulpit ministry of a healthy, gospel-centered, Christ-focused church.
I am often given the opportunity to preach funerals where I do not know the deceased or their family. This was one of those occasions. I preached a funeral of an unbeliever with many other unbelievers present.
Yesterday I spent about 45 minutes talking and praying with one of my current students. He now finds himself responsible for preparing and teaching a message every Friday and Sunday. Here's my advice to him.
Yes, you can! In fact, we have done so for almost a decade without a dime in the budget going to it. Here are some of the details of our pastoral internship, with hopes it will help you see you can design something similar.
The seminary years were a blessing from God that we would never trade. Like every situation in life there were challenges (and much of what I share below is not unique to seminary couples), but seminary brought specific demands and opportunities to our family that are not shared by all couples.