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5 Different Ways to Prepare a Sermon: Pastors Share Their Secrets

It’s interesting how many different ways different pastors prepare a sermon. Five different pastors share what a week of sermon prep looks like for them.

The Christmas Story Told From Kids’ Perspective

Despite hearing it over and over again, sometimes the Christmas story can be hard for children to grasp--and pastors to share.

Christmas Preaching – 5 Sermon Sparks

There might be enough material to ignite all of your Christmas preaching in just one passage. Take Luke’s famous account of the annunciation.

4 Great Preaching Themes Through the Christmas Season

What better way themes for Christmas sermons than to encourage our congregation to go deeper in Christ?

How Research on Learning Leads to Better Preaching

Jesus illustrates to us how we can best effect durable learning by better preaching. But ultimately it requires a learner’s active engagement and God’s work to effect transformation.

2 Great Tips for Thanksgiving Sermons

I don’t know about you, but I find the Thanksgiving sermon to be one of the most difficult preaching assignments of the year.

Unless It’s a Praise and Worship Sermon, Here’s Why We Preach Second

I recently visited a church who prides themselves in always doing their praise sets after the sermon. Unless it's a praise and worship sermon, here's why the order matters.

Abiding Hope – One of Our Greatest Needs

When we talk about hope in everyday language we are really talking about our insecurities: who knows how things will really work out? Biblically, however, abiding hope is one of our greatest needs.

Quotes About Grace: 15 Magnificent Quotes to Lift Your Spirit

Before we can sing God's song, we must fill our lungs with grace.

Textual Criticism and Preaching – Finding the Balance

Sometimes "preaching the Bible" presents special challenges.

Speak Up for Life: 12 Powerful Quotes About Pro Life

I think we should take a moment and honor those who have and are fighting for life. Here are some current and historic voices who spoke up for life.

Where Is the Power of God?

In the last sermon Martin Luther preached he identified is that the people were departing from the power of God.

6 Preaching Mistakes You Can Make in the First 5 Minutes

Preaching mistakes -- especially early in your message -- can destroy connection with your listeners.

Preachers: Pay Attention to Pronouns

To pay attention to pronouns will help the reader better understanding the meaning of any given passage.

A Guide to Effective Preaching – Introduction. Explanation. Application.

If you're wondering how to have more effective preaching, consider the sermon writing process that I use and teach: “Introduction. Explanation. Application.”

Pastor, I’m Calling You Out on Your Preaching Topics

Scroll through the last 24 months and make a list of what the world has been talking about. We should have no trouble coming up with preaching topics.

What Is Pentecost?

What is Pentecost? It is both a Jewish holiday and a celebration for Christians. Pentecost has profound spiritual and historical significance.

The Gospel in The Old Testament

We can’t truly appreciate the New Testament without an understanding of the Old Testament.

Five Types of Thinkers Every Pastor Must Know

There are five types of thinkers. Once I know how a guy thinks, I can better challenge him to think through an issue and make a good decision.

God Is in Control: If That’s True, Then What About These Pressing Questions?

I'd like to suggest that there's a world of difference between "Everything happens for a reason" and "God brings reason out of everything that happens." This is how I see the phrase, God is in control.

Company Sued for Firing Atheist, Agnostic Who Refused To Participate in...

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is suing Aurora Pro Services, a home service and repair company in Greensboro, North Carolina, for firing two employees who refused to participate in Christian prayer meetings.

Adam Wyatt: How To Be a Biblical Patriot, Not a Christian...

Dr. Adam Wyatt joins the Stetzer ChurchLeaders Podcast to talk about how the Bible supports the idea of loving one’s country–but not nationalism–and how pastors can navigate this volatile topic.

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