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...
Good Communication Begins With the Heart
Jesus tells us that man speaks out of the abundance of his heart. In other words, it's the wellspring of our heart that determines what flows from our mouths.
The Preacher as Lifelong Learner
Options for Continuing Education in Ministry
How to Make Your Preaching Worship
Worship is so much more than just the time your congregation sings during your church’s weekend services.
Why Do We Preach?
Preach the Word! That simple imperative frames the act of preaching as an act of obedience. That is where any theology of preaching must begin. Preaching is a commission - a charge.
Pastors and Pain
Pastors are no strangers to pain, but... is it possible to turn that pain into gold?
Evangelical Group Proposes Code of Ethics for Pastors
The National Association of Evangelicals is urging
pastors to seek a common moral ground by uniting under a consistent code
10 Things Everyone Wants In A Sermon
Here are the top ten things both seekers and Christians want in a sermon, all of which I've encountered in my experience...
What to Say...When You've Said It All
How does one approach the final sermons in a church before resignation? After having to deal with this challenge a few times, let me make a few observations.
The Theology of Sermon Design
Current homiletic approaches did not materialize in a vacuum. Their ascendancy to popularity did not just happen. Today at least three winds of influence swirl around contemporary homiletic discussion: theology, literary criticism and culture. Pastors who would think deeply about the form of their sermons and who care about faithfulness to the gospel must wrestle with the issues raised by each of these areas of thought.
The Biggest Differences in Sermons and Delivery in the Past 20 Years
Here are five visible changes in sermons and sermon delivery we have observed over the past two decades.
The Challenges We Face: A New Generation of Gospel Ministers Looks to the Future
Will this generation of gospel ministers finish the race? It will require gospel faithfulness at every turn.
Where Have All the Bold Pastors Gone?
During this election season, religion has come up many times. But for the most part, we haven’t heard from many pastors.
Protecting Pastors from Burnout
Studies have shown that many pastors and church staff are burning out. The current state is taking its toll.
Preaching God’s Grace: An Interview with Tullian Tchividjian
Sometimes God takes us out of comfort zones and allows us to be sifted because He loves us.
Transmitting the Word: An Interview with John Piper on Consistency and Community
Pointers from John Piper on approaching the Bible
How to Move On After an Abusive Church Experience
With God's help, you can leave behind the painful memories of difficult church experience.
The Gospel in an Abortion Culture
What we often forget is the second casualty of an abortion culture: the consciences of countless men and women.
Ten Books Pastors Should Read in 2012
So many books, so little time. If you're wondering where you should focus your time this year, here's the short list.
Ten Temptations of a Leader
Every time we fall into one of the temptations, we end up short-circuiting our purpose, sinning against God, harming others, and deceiving ourselves into thinking we are doing well.