10 Questions for Those in Your Congregation Who Support Gay Marriage

10 Questions for Those in Your Congregation Who Support Gay Marriage

(Original publication date: July 6, 2015) It’s been a week already, but the upheaval caused by the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on gay marriage has yet to subside. If anything, the intervening days have simply given time for many, many ...

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3 Steps for Getting Your Love for Jesus Back

3 Steps for Getting Your Love for Jesus Back

Most of us lose our love for Jesus at some time or other. Developing a love life with Jesus is like developing a love life. The initial burst of thrilling romance soon settles down to a long-time maturing which ultimately ...

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4 Types of Listeners Preachers Must Connect With

4 Types of Listeners Preachers Must Connect With

The preaching event involves not only God, the preacher and the biblical text, but the people who listen to the sermon. Unfortunately, writing and teaching in the field of homiletics has focused predominantly on getting the text right (exegesis), getting the ...

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3 Dangers of Generational Pride in Church Leaders

3 Dangers of Generational Pride in Church Leaders

You don’t have to go very far in the evangelical space to hear the phrase, “Growing up I heard . . . “ or “Growing up, I never heard . . . .” A previous generation’s model of church ministry ...

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10 Things Everyone Wants in a Sermon

10 Things Everyone Wants in a Sermon

Traditionally, churches tell the old, old story in languages (music, terminology, symbols, etc.) that only the initiated understand, leaving any newcomers or non-Christians in the dark. “Seeker-friendly” churches (typified by churches like Bill Hybels’ Willow Creek) target a different crowd ...

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22 Things Pastors Need to Know about Our Job

22 Things Pastors Need to Know about Our Job

They call you “Preacher” for a reason. This is your primary calling. You counsel people who are dealing with problems, but no one calls you Counselor. You visit people in their homes and you minister to them during times of ...

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5 Signs You’re on the Right Track

5 Signs You’re on the Right Track

Effective vision development, or deciding what we want to accomplish, is one of the most crucial elements of leadership. But if we are going to get something big done, we have to be razor sharp. We don’t have time to ...

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1 Thing Pastors Should Never Say to the Grieving

1 Thing Pastors Should Never Say to the Grieving

Immediately after he passed away, a nurse came in and made an empty attempt at comfort, “He’s in a better place” she said. As soon as the words were uttered they seemed to bounce around the room with nowhere to ...

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How NOT to Begin a Sermon

How NOT to Begin a Sermon

How NOT to begin a sermon: “I’m sorry I didn’t have time to prepare.” (Don’t tell us. Let us figure that out on our own.) “I’ve been busy this week.” (Everyone has been busy this week.) “I have 17 points ...

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4 Prayer Killers for Pastors

4 Prayer Killers for Pastors

How’s your prayer life? On a scale of 1 to 10 from non-existent to stellar how would you rate it? I bet most charitably argue for a 6 to 8. Few might place them self in a 9 or 10. ...

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