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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

When Preaching Hurts More Than It Helps

In my experience of more than 30 years of preaching the gospel, I have found there are times preaching hurts -- and we do more harm than good with our messages.

One Pastor’s Humble Prayer Before Preaching

In Bob Hostetler's vast pastoral experience he has helped pastors in many aspects of the lives, including this prayer before preaching.

Become a Better Preacher: 3 Things Any Pastor Can (and Should) Do

This is the best time in history to learn from other preachers. You have free access to just about any preacher you want—every sermon they’ve preached. You can learn, grow, get ideas and be inspired by the best preachers in the world.

7 Reasons You Should Speak Without Using Notes

I actually prepare notes, but I rarely if ever use them when I speak. So, why should you learn to speak without using notes? Because you can. And because it will make you far more effective.

Should a Woman Be Allowed to Preach?

This is an article of clarification, not one for argumentation. I am simply answering a sincere question we occasionally receive: "Should a Woman Be Allowed to Preach?"

‘Jesus Christ Is the Only Way’—Disney Star Joshua Bassett Shares His...

Joshua Bassett, one of the stars of Disney’s “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series,” has put his trust in Jesus, according to one of his recent tweets and comments he made in his Instagram stories.

Dallas Jenkins on Why ‘The Chosen’ Is Not ‘Adding to Scripture’

Dallas Jenkins joins the Stetzer ChurchLeaders Podcast to explain the principles that guide how “The Chosen” is created and why he believes “God has his hand” on the show.

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