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  • 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.
  • How Should a Pastor Organize His Weekly Schedule?

    Brian Croft
    How Should a Pastor Organize His Weekly Schedule? 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.