Christmas in the Letters (part 2)

Christmas in the Letters (part 2)

On Wednesday, we introduced the idea of preaching Christmas messages from the epistles, and we suggested two passages. Today we continue that thought with two other passages that can... Read More »
Christmas in the Letters

Christmas in the Letters

Luke 2 is a spectacular chapter to craft into a Christmas series. I know many people who have spent the entire month of December preaching on the incarnation of Christ by working... Read More »
Special Events and Special Places

Special Events and Special Places

Most of us will have an opportunity to lead in prayer at a public gathering. Many of us feel guilty or like a compromiser when we do not close our prayer, “in Jesus’ name.” The... Read More »
Preaching on Special Days

Preaching on Special Days

Mother’s Day: In most churches, Mother’s Day is second in the list of most-attended Sundays. You won’t want to skip honoring mothers on this day. We can at least bring thoughts... Read More »
Sermons for Special Occasions

Sermons for Special Occasions

There is nothing in the Bible that tells us what to preach on Easter or Christmas, not to mention when we are invited to speak to a Rotary or Kiwanis Club. Yet even though there are no... Read More »
Preaching Holiday Sermons with Freshness (Part 2)

Preaching Holiday Sermons with Freshness (Part 2)

In recent years, as I have had the privilege of teaching and mentoring pastors in a number of countries, one of the vehicles I have used to speak to a number of issues is the concept... Read More »
Hearing and Seeing the Story

Hearing and Seeing the Story

Imagination is one of the greatest gifts God has given us. As image bearers of God, we have the ability to see things in our minds. We can see things that are real and things that are... Read More »
Let the Story Do the Talking

Let the Story Do the Talking

When considering preaching a narrative sermon, the preacher needs to resist the urge to press the story into a formula. Stories are memorable; outlines are not. So even if you preach... Read More »
Flavor and Freshness

Flavor and Freshness

How do you preach familiar texts with flavor and freshness? One of the challenges associated with preaching during the holiday season, as Bill pointed out yesterday, is a result of... Read More »
Preaching Holiday Sermons with Freshness (Part 1)

Preaching Holiday Sermons with Freshness (Part 1)

Maintaining a measure of longevity in local church ministry is extremely valuable because of the stability and continuity it can give to the congregation, the overall health of the... Read More »