Two False Assumptions to Leave Behind When You Preach

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Public Preaching

I realize that we pastors are going way beyond motivational speaking in our sermons. We are sharing the gospel and leading people to the cross. But we are still speakers and communicators nonetheless, and our effectiveness and influence depend on our understanding something about the nature of speaking. Seth Godin, a marketing guru with much […]


10 Guest Preaching Tips So They Want to Invite You Back

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Have you been invited to be a guest preacher? I have had the opportunity to do a bit of guest preaching lately. I have also dealt with my fair share of good and bad guest preachers. Here are some tips to help make you a better guest preacher – one they will actually want to […]


Avoid Crash-Landing Your Sermons

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Landing the Plane

Beautiful take-off. Wonderful flight. Crash-landing. Unfortunately, that’s what I’ve witnessed toward the end of many preachers’ evangelistic sermons. These well-meaning communicators of God’s Word often have great opening illustrations that capture the audience’s attention. Their takeoff is flawless and inviting. Many times their beautiful takeoff is followed by a wonderful sermon. The preacher unpacks a […]


4 Ways to Improve Your Online Campus

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Church Online

I received an interesting note from Joe Hayes, head of the TV and video ministry at Redemption World Outreach Center in Greenville, South Carolina. At Redemption, the Sunday online worship service is succeeding way beyond expectations. Since so many churches have an online video feed of their live service on Sunday – and yet very few do […]


4 Benefits of Eye Contact in Preaching

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I love visiting other churches. I love walking on a church campus for the first time pretending I know nothing about church. It helps me understand how people might feel when they come to visit my church for the first time. I visited a new church this week that I have never been to. They […]


The Power of Preaching a Limitless Life

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Labels Cross

Last Sunday, we wrapped up our teaching in the series Limitless Life, based on the book by Derwin Gray by the same title. The basic idea is that we are all limited by the labels we wear. Some of those labels were given to us by other people and others, we’ve applied to ourselves. But none of those […]


4 Factors to Balance in Your Preaching Calendar

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Rick Warren Preaching

Hopefully, by October, you’re already thinking through your preaching calendar for next year. Part of shepherding a congregation toward long term health is offering a balanced diet from the pulpit. Your preaching over a twelve-month period should be pre-planned with certain factors built in. Before a new year begins, I try to identify eight to […]


How to Get Through What You’re Going Through

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In their return to Saddleback Church after the death of their son, Pastor Rick and Kay share the very personal story of Matthew and his battle with mental illness. They explore the stages of loss that they are walking through with honesty and transparency, teaching us how to do the same in the tough and […]


8 Ways You Might Be Losing People in Your Sermons

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Bad Preaching

Are you losing people when you preach? Do people check out during your sermons? After listening to thousands of sermons and preaching quite a few myself, I have learned 8 different ways that pastors lose people in their sermons. 1. Sloppy Transitions You just told a great story. It was funny and thought-provoking. But as […]


One More Way to Outline a Sermon

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Adrian Rogers outlined sermons using four phrases: Hey You! (Get the audience’s attention) Look! (Examine the Scriptures) See! (Explain the passage) Do! (Make application) Andy Stanley is famous for one-point preaching, but really breaks his messages into five movements: Me (How do I struggle with this?) We (How do we all struggle with this?) God […]


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