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  • 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.
  • Expository Preaching, Part 1 – Introduction

    Matthew Harmon
    Expository Preaching, Part 1 – Introduction 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.
  • What Should a Pastor Long to Hear after Conducting a Funeral?

    Brian Croft
    What Should a Pastor Long to Hear after Conducting a Funeral? 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.
  • 5 Mistakes We Make in Our Sermons

    Philip Nation
    5 Mistakes We Make in Our Sermons For the purpose of this post, I will not address the content of your expository work. Instead, I want to address the stuff that surrounds it and can help people hear the core of your message better.
  • What Should I Preach This Sunday?

    Theologically Driven
    What Should I Preach This Sunday? 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.
  • 4 Illustrations of Faith in Practice…

    Ron Edmondson
    4 Illustrations of Faith in Practice… What is God currently asking you to do by faith?
  • Can a Church with No Extra Money Have a Pastoral Internship?

    Brian Croft
    Can a Church with No Extra Money Have a Pastoral Internship? 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.
  • Surviving Seminary as a Family: The Wife’s Perspective

    Theologically Driven
    Surviving Seminary as a Family: The Wife’s Perspective 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.
  • Surviving Seminary as a Family: The Husband’s Perspective

    Theologically Driven
    Surviving Seminary as a Family: The Husband’s Perspective Since my wife and I are seminary survivors that still occasionally hold hands in public, we are sometimes asked, “How did you do it?” Or “How did you survive the seminary experience?”
  • Refresh Your Greek in 15 Minutes a Day

    Theologically Driven
    Refresh Your Greek in 15 Minutes a Day If you’ve decided to shake out of your Greek-less stupor in this new year but aren’t yet sure how to do it, let me try to offer you some help.
  • Depression and the Ministry: The Need for Wise Disclosure

    Association of Biblical Counselors
    Depression and the Ministry: The Need for Wise Disclosure If a pastor has struggled with depression in the past, how much of this should he share. There are no simple answers, but these points may help shape a wise decision.
  • Why Do Modern Christians Rarely Talk about Rewards in Heaven?

    Michael J. Kruger
    Why Do Modern Christians Rarely Talk about Rewards in Heaven? When is the last time you heard a sermon that suggested that a motive for our obedience should be the rewards we receive in heaven? I imagine for most of us it has been a long time, maybe even never.
  • 8 Characteristics of Evangelistic Preaching

    David Murray
    8 Characteristics of Evangelistic Preaching What does evangelistic preaching sound/look/feel like? Here are eight characteristics.
  • Learning to Lead

    Rick Whitter
    Learning to Lead All of us are leaders. That simply means that someone is looking up to you, following you, watching you as an example. So, how do we learn leadership?
  • Preparing to Preach Ecclesiastes

    Philip Nation
    Preparing to Preach Ecclesiastes To help anyone else out there who is contemplating preaching through Ecclesiastes, I thought I would share the list of resources I plan to use.
  • Please Teach Disciples How to Live

    Tim Brister
    Please Teach Disciples How to Live Looking back, one of the most glaring (and I would add scandalous) omissions is that my church never taught me how to live. I knew how to do a ton of religious things, but when it came to living out my faith as a disciple of Jesus, I really had no clue.
  • 5 Questions to Evaluate Your Sermon

    Philip Nation
    5 Questions to Evaluate Your Sermon I have learned that the sermon review must not become an exercise in public speaking skills. Here are five questions that will help us evaluate our sermons each week.
  • Spurgeon’s “Three R’s”: A Useful Paradigm for Evangelism and Preaching

    Founders Ministries Blog
    Spurgeon’s “Three R’s”: A Useful Paradigm for Evangelism and Preaching One question some of our members have posed during our community outreach is a good one: Is there a good outline we may use to help us recall the Gospel when we are witnessing to lost people?
  • Sermon Illustrations for Thanksgiving

    Inside BST
    Sermon Illustrations for Thanksgiving Our site features a number of free illustrations to help pastors prepare for sermons. Here are a few to finish off that Thanksgiving sermon.
  • What Produces a Powerful Sermon?

    Brian Croft
    What Produces a Powerful Sermon? I want to mention one answer that is commonly overlooked when considering the power of preaching and what produces a moving sermon preached that brings spiritual fruit from God.