The Geography of Genius Preaching

By | 2017-10-10T22:44:14+00:00 October 10th, 2017|Categories: General|

How did Athens almost simultaneously produce the likes of Plato and Socrates, Pericles and Sophocles? How did 18th century Vienna witness the likes of Mozart, Beethoven and Haydn? How did Florence produce artists like da Vinci, Michelangelo and Donatello in such close proximity to each other? I’ve often wondered how the founding of the United [...]

16 Reasons Your Sermons Must Stay Focused on the Text

By | 2017-09-14T14:54:09+00:00 September 14th, 2017|Categories: General|

We hear a lot about expository preaching. By "expository" I mean understanding the point of the passage you are preaching from and explaining that point in your sermon from the passage all along the way. Sometimes we assume the need for exposition because it's been drilled into some of us for so long. Others of us [...]

Sermons & Songs

By | 2017-05-12T15:29:05+00:00 May 12th, 2017|Categories: General|

The pastor’s sermon and the congregation’s singing are wed together by the Word. We proclaim God’s truths in song and we receive God’s truths in the sermon. But how intentional should we be about making sure the sermon and the song selections are on the same page? I’ve handled this a couple of different [...]

Some Dos & Don’ts of Guest Preaching

By | 2017-04-07T02:44:56+00:00 April 7th, 2017|Categories: General|

Every preacher must learn how to be a good guest. Even if you are not an itinerant minister, you will inevitably engage in pulpit-swaps on Sundays or receive invitations to preach at various venues in other churches. Guest preaching is a wonderful privilege and, though I have not seen much written about it, there is [...]

The Well-Read Preacher: Make a Reading Plan That Will Keep You Sharp

By | 2017-03-28T22:47:18+00:00 March 28th, 2017|Categories: General|

Preachers should surround themselves with good books. Not as decor but as devices that facilitate personal growth. Pastors are leaders and leaders should read.  Reading is one way to heed Proverbs 13:20 -- “Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm” (ESV). You can choose foolish books, [...]

The Church Is Not Your Bride: On the Abuse of Pastoral Authority

By | 2017-03-16T18:40:14+00:00 March 16th, 2017|Categories: General|

The reverence they had for the role of the pastor in 16th century Geneva would sound alien to most churchgoers today. Calvin and his Venerable Company sought to protect the sacred role as a calling that was not to be taken lightly. They also wielded an extraordinary authority over the people. The local magistrates [...]

Pastor’s Roundtable: Politics in the Pulpit, Why People Leave Church and More

By | 2017-03-07T04:06:15+00:00 March 7th, 2017|Categories: General|

Last Friday I was privileged to be a guest on Mark Elfstrand's Pastor's Roundtable again. I was happy to bring two friends with me: Paul Alexander of Grace Covenant Church and Phill Howell of Embassy Church. When I heard their comments, I felt like I didn't need to be there -- solid guys!   [...]

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