The Pastor’s Quiet Time (Part 3)

The Pastor’s Quiet Time (Part 3)

My wife and I usually take a book along to read on a flight. Before a trip to Orlando, I purchased Ordering Your Private World by Gordon MacDonald. It was a great read and helped to... Read More »
The Pastor’s Quiet Time (Part 2)

The Pastor’s Quiet Time (Part 2)

For me, a major part of my quiet time includes reading a daily devotional book. When I sit down for my quiet time, I usually read a passage from the Bible, keep a journal, and work my... Read More »
The Pastor’s Quiet Time (Part 1)

The Pastor’s Quiet Time (Part 1)

In 1956, we moved to Cleveland, Ohio, and I began my first ministry. I soon settled into a weekly schedule: prepare two sermons and a Wednesday night devotional, visit folks, and... Read More »
Remember . . .

Remember . . .

When we were little, our moms would call after us as we darted out the door to play with our friends: “Remember to look both ways before you cross the street.” And then when we got... Read More »
Preaching and Easter (Part 6)

Preaching and Easter (Part 6)

Praying about our preaching (as we discussed last time) may seem to go without saying. That is why we need to say it. Particularly on Easter, we dare not allow ourselves to get caught... Read More »
Preaching and Easter (Part 5)

Preaching and Easter (Part 5)

So, the day comes. It’s Easter Sunday—one of the most important preaching events any pastor has all year long. How do we embrace that moment of powerful opportunity? I can only... Read More »
Preaching and Easter (Part 4)

Preaching and Easter (Part 4)

I love soccer (English Premier League football, actually). When I get together with my one or two friends who share this passion, it is the first thing on our lips. We discuss player... Read More »
Preaching and Easter (Part 3)

Preaching and Easter (Part 3)

The cross and resurrection of Christ happened in a moment of time—but with true eternal purpose. The act of Christ was not merely a good example or a martyr’s sacrifice, it was the... Read More »
Preaching and Easter (Part 2)

Preaching and Easter (Part 2)

When we consider strengthening our Easter preaching, we must begin with a plan, but this plan cannot be merely functional—it must also encourage our own refreshing in the wonder of... Read More »
Preaching and Easter (Part 1)

Preaching and Easter (Part 1)

Easter (like Christmas) can be a very challenging time for pastors. How do you take “the old, old story” and give it fresh life, meaning, and perspective? Many pastors struggle... Read More »
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