Tagged with sermons

The Problem of Christian Eductation

Ed Stetzer reminds Sunday School teachers to make sure that children know the story instead of just a bunch of Bible stories. He’s right, and that’s something the preacher needs to be concerned about too.  

Sermon

One of the students in my preaching class in seminary used to preach a sermon based on a sticky note in his Bible. I was preaching from a written manuscript. Over time, I replaced the manuscript with a detailed outline, then a smaller outline. And now I have arrived at the point where my colleague … Continue reading »

Kristof on Human Trafficking

Nicholas Kristof has another column about the awful reality of human trafficking. (Reader discretion advised.) So for those of you doubtful that “modern slavery” really is an issue for the new international agenda, think of Srey Pov—and multiply her by millions. If what such girls experience isn’t slavery, that word has no meaning. It’s time … Continue reading »

Dallas Willard on Satisfied Preachers

Dallas Willard has an great piece over at Preaching Today, on the subject of excellent preaching. The subhead really says it all: “learning to preach from the overflow of your deeply satisfying relationship with the Savior.” As usual, he nails it. The lowest spots in my ministry have mirrored his. “I know my temptations come … Continue reading »

My Sermons Should Be Improving

I liked seeing this in my twitter feed the other day: No matter what you do, your first 200 sermons are going to be terrible. It’s attributed to Tim Keller. If he’s right, then my preaching will be getting better, because I’ve surely passed that number. In fact, I’m coming up fast on 250 sermons.

Why No Sermon Podcast?

Here’s why there’s not a sermon podcast again this week. See the yellow highlighted region? That yellow portion is the sermon. The microphone was off, or something. I don’t know if it was something I did wrong, or something in the soundbooth. (Occam’s Razor says it was me.) But the past couple of weeks, it’s … Continue reading »

No Podcast for 3/20

“Ah, snap!” Something went wrong with the recorder so there won’t be a podcast this week. That’s a bummer: I thought it was pretty good. But there’s always next week!

A famous preacher

Buried amid all the stewardship material in 2 Corinthians 8-9 is this little tidbit in verse 18: With Titus we are also sending one of the Lord’s followers who is well known in every church for spreading the good news. (CEV) Some thoughts that passed through my mind reading this: Who is this preacher? Apollos? … Continue reading »

Robes

“Pastor, when are you going to start wearing your robes again?” Several of you have asked me that question. As you know, I’ve worn a minister’s robe in worship since arriving at Desert Hills. But I quit this summer. Now fall has come, and soon winter will be here, and I haven’t resumed wearing the … Continue reading »