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The Power of Sharing Stories

If you’re a pastor, tell more personal stories in the pulpit. If you’re a filmmaker, understand the power of dramatic structure for sharing stories.

The Gospel in The Old Testament

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

Preach Grace Until It Feels Dangerous

I wonder what proportion of gospel preachers really preach the radical message of God’s grace, and how many feel the need to qualify it and augment it and protect it? When we preach grace, how do we over-qualify it?

What Color Were Jesus’s Eyes?

In my experience too many Christians are taught to avoid subjective experiences with God. At the close of William Sampson’s wonderful book, Meeting Jesus, he asks, “What was the color of Jesus’s eyes?”

We Don’t Need Cops in the Pulpit — We Need the Yoke of Discipleship

There's a big difference between drawing a crowd and preaching a sermon. The church is desperate for life-giving preachers who urge us to take the yoke of discipleship.

Preaching About It *IS* Doing Something About It

It seems like all “we” do is preach about problems without actually doing something about them.

After Easter – 5 Vital Steps for What Comes Next

Is the singing and shouting over? Jesus encountered the disciples on Easter Sunday, but what after Easter: about Monday, or Tuesday, or beyond?

Celebrate Easter Week: But Choose Carefully!

This week, Church Leaders face a dizzying array of choices. Choose carefully, pastor!

Why Does Paul Use That Downer Verse From Psalm 44 in Romans 8?

Psalm 44 is still going to happen to you as a Christian. That means you are going to at times feel like God has “sold his people for a trifle”.

How to Format Your Sermon to Maximize Personal Connection

What do the sermon notes you preach from look like? Have you ever thought about it? The way you format your sermon notes will partly determine how much you look at them.

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.

3 Reasons Why You Should Pray the Day After the Sermon

God is leading me to a new level of faithfulness after the sermon. Not just a quick summary prayer at the end of the message, but prayer in the nights and days that follow. 

50% of Pastors Don’t Believe They Have Strong Preaching

You may never be as good as your strong preaching idol, but that’s not your calling or goal. Your goal is to be the best version of yourself.

4 Christmas Lessons From Joseph of Nazareth

We get the Christmas story from the scriptures. Good preaching highlights the fact that Christmas stories are also scripture Christmas lessons.

Narrative Preaching: Do You Make these 10 Mistakes?

Let's consider the pitfalls we must avoid in order to preach with power when we take up narrative preaching. Too many preachers miss these vital skills necessary to preach the narrative portions of the scripture

15 Great Christmas Sermon Tips Every Preacher Needs

There's no shortage of advice for Christmas sermons -- and we need all the help we can get! Peter Mead of BiblicalPreaching.net offers 15 practical suggestions for Christmas sermons.

5 Christmas Preaching Ideas From One Passage

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

Making Disciples: 3 Texts You Must Preach

We're called to fulfill the Great Commission, which means making disciples. Here are three foundational passages for anyone who longs to preach about something more than a fire-insurance relationship with Jesus.

7 Deadly Sins of Guest Preaching

Stay away from these deadly sins and have your next guest preaching opportunity go better than you ever imagined!

The Path to Becoming Complete in Christ

The Apostle Paul exchanged one kind of teaching for another. As a result, he had but one goal for his converts: that they would resemble Jesus, that is, become complete in Christ.

Matt Chandler, Part 2: How Parents Can Make the Most of...

Matt Chandler joins “The Stetzer ChurchLeaders Podcast” to share how parents can use time, moments and milestones to point their children to the goodness of God.

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