The Best Sermon Is Your Own

The Best Sermon Is Your Own

Several years ago, I received a phone call from a friend. What he said drove home the point that the best sermon really is your own. My friend told a story of the preacher who had come... Read More »
Finding Your Voice

Finding Your Voice

Mark the intern came storming into my office. His hair was disheveled, his eyes were wild, and his voice was shaky. “I don’t know what to do!” he said in horror-filled... Read More »
The Power of a Story

The Power of a Story

The following is an example of a sticky story. I heard this story in a sermon almost 25 years ago. I don’t remember the date, the title of the sermon, or the text that was preached.... Read More »
Sticky Sermons

Sticky Sermons

When you hear a good sermon, what do you remember? Do you remember the passage? Do you remember the linear points the preacher made or the Greek and Hebrew words used? Communication is... Read More »
Helping Johnny Write

Helping Johnny Write

Very few of us are naturally good writers. Most of us have a long way to go on the road to becoming effective written communicators. At this point some of you may be asking,... Read More »
Helping Johnny Read

Helping Johnny Read

Good reading habits are essential for good preaching. Reading is a part of our life and our calling. Here are a few ideas to help you cultivate good reading habits. The first thing I... Read More »
Johnny Can’t Read; Johnny Can’t Write

Johnny Can’t Read; Johnny Can’t Write

In his book Why Johnny Can’t Preach, Dr. T. David Gordon succinctly asserts that Johnny can’t preach, and the reason Johnny can’t preach is found in these two statements: 1.  ... Read More »
What Is Good Preaching?

What Is Good Preaching?

What is “good” preaching? And how can we know if we’ve done an adequate job in the pulpit? We will discuss these questions and more in the next few posts, but I think the... Read More »
Why Johnny Can’t Preach

Why Johnny Can’t Preach

Dr. T. David Gordon begins his book, Why Johnny Can’t Preach, by asserting: “I would guess that of the sermons I’ve heard in the last twenty-five years, 15 percent had a... Read More »
Attention to Details

Attention to Details

Managing staff is both difficult and wonderful work. In one sense, you and your staff are living together under the same banner of our Lord and in the soccer field (you can see this... Read More »
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