A Step-by-Step Guide to Preparing Sermons
Oct07

A Step-by-Step Guide to Preparing Sermons

There is no “one way” to prepare a sermon. There are some better than others. However, the “best way” to prepare a sermon may be different based on one’s training, the space in which one prepares, and a variety of other factors. Recently, I took the time to write out my process and create a preparation template in both Nozbe and Evernote (have either one open split-screen with Microsoft Word in Windows 8) that help remind me to take...

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5 Common Mistakes Preachers Make & How to Fix Them
Oct02

5 Common Mistakes Preachers Make & How to Fix Them

Preaching week after week, year after year is extremely challenging. Doing so with any degree of consistency and excellence is even more challenging. No preachers is at their best every weekend. Personal matters and church issues can hurt preparation time. Sometimes the well just seems dry. There’s no freshness, no zip on the old fastball. Sometimes, we feel like there’s another gear out there somewhere–we just...

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Friday Stream of Consciousness – 87
Jul12

Friday Stream of Consciousness – 87

Here are some things on my mind this Friday morning: We can tell who our real friends are by how they treat us when it’s not cool to be our friend. Adult friendship dynamics are simply an amplification and slight sophistication of the schoolyard. People will give to need, but they give to vision more than need. I get to team up with our teens this Sunday. I’ll preach and they’ll lead the church in worship. I’ve...

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Thoughts on Sermon Length
Jun20

Thoughts on Sermon Length

Thom Rainer had a blog post I found fascinating this week, “How Long Does a Pastor Preach.” You can read his observations and the data on his blog. “How long should I preach?” is an age-old question for preachers. I’ve always taken the approach of, “As long as necessary, and no longer than beneficial.” Some weeks that’s shorter. Some weeks that’s longer. Today is Thursday, the day...

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3 Indispensable Lessons I’ve Learned About Preaching
Mar13

3 Indispensable Lessons I’ve Learned About Preaching

I just returned from the National Preaching Summit in Indianapolis, and had a great time. Preaching is on my mind this morning, as a result. Every preacher needs to have some concentrated time to think about preaching, it’s calling, and it’s craft. That’s what the last couple of days have been for me. Among other responsibilities, I was afforded the opportunity to offer 3 indispensable lessons I’ve learned...

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