Books – Giving Blood: A Fresh Paradigm for Preaching, by Len Sweet

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Giving Blood Len Sweet

Over the past thirty years, shifts in technology have displaced the Enlightenment culture of the book with a new visual and aural culture that is profoundly changing our homes, workplaces, and churches. The church must learn to speak to people who hear and learn in ways that are different from how the church has communicated […]


The Easter Invitation: Calling People to Decide What to Do with Jesus

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Easter at Saddleback

As I write this, millions of Christians and church leaders are getting ready for Easter weekend, and it’s a huge opportunity for the church to spring into action to invite and welcome lost people to hear the gospel. And so as we Pastors prepare to preach about the resurrection of Jesus Christ, we desperately need […]


The 3 Levels of Dynamic Preaching

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Composing Music

Did you know that for musical arrangements, composers write more than just the notes to be played? They also write the strength with which each note should be performed. These markings are referred to as the “dynamics” of music. A composer might write a pp, meaning pianissimo or “very soft,” or a ff,meaning fortissimo or “very loud.” There […]


Make Easter BIG, but Don’t Put All Your Eggs In the Easter Basket

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Big Easter

Easter is one of the two biggest weekends for most churches in terms of attendance. I see this as a great opportunity for evangelism to begin and for a relationship to start between your church and all of the visitors who come that Sunday. You should do everything you can to leverage Easter weekend for […]


20 Questions to Ask Before Preaching Your Easter Sermon

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Easter He Is Risen

Easter Sunday is like the Superbowl of preaching. This may be your largest attended service of the year. Statistically, people are more open to visiting a church on Easter (and Christmas) than any other time of year. Because of this, your Easter sermon is infinitely important. The eternal destination of many people in attendance is […]


How to Handle Distractions While Preaching

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Crying Baby

What is the most distracting thing that has ever happened to you while preaching? For me it was when I was a youth pastor at a church in New Mexico. I was preaching to a group of high school students. In the middle of my message, a boy stood up, jump onto his chair and […]


Don’t Bore People. Master the Lost Art of Illustration.

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Westminster Chapel

I’d freshly fallen off the turnip truck in Britain. I was a young up and coming missionary preacher from America, prepared to swashbuckle my way through the riggings of expository preaching to the British masses and earn my place as a pulpiteer. I’d been recently inducted as the Evangelist of D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones’s first church, […]


How to Preach for Commitment with Stronger Conclusions

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Fishing Net

Some of the greatest preachers in history were great at introducing and delivering sermons, but poor at closing them. We preach Christ and we preach a gospel that calls for commitment, so powerful preaching presses for a verdict. This is an area I spend a lot of time on when I’m preparing a message because […]


2 Free Ebooks: Preaching to the Unconvinced & Sermons for the Unconvinced

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Preaching to the Unconvinced

Preaching to the Unconvinced Christians believe, want to know God’s Word 
and come eager to hear your preaching. Non-Christians don’t believe, aren’t that interested in God’s Word, but sometimes end up in your services. So how do you preach to the unconvinced? How do you destroy the negative stereotypes they have about God, the church, […]


The Aim of Preaching Is Life Transformation

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Transformed

If God’s objective for every believer is to transform us into total Christlikeness, then the objective of preaching is to motivate people to develop Christlike convictions (to think like Jesus), Christlike character (to feel like Jesus), and Christlike conduct (to act like Jesus). Every other objective of preaching is secondary. At the end of the sermon, if people […]


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