7 Tips to Modeling Prayer for Your Group



One of the most powerful aspects of small groups is the opportunity to offer prayer requests, to pray together, and then to see how God follows through on those prayers.  It’s amazing to see how God works over three months or six months or a year.  Prayers get answered, situations change, hearts change – your […]

How to Use A Lay Research Team


Small cross

Any pastor — no matter how small his church — can have a research team. No matter what size your congregation, there are people there who like to read and research. They’ll be thrilled to help you, if you just give them a list of your sermon topics. I meet with my lay research team […]

6 Ways to Re-Purpose Sermon Content



Never waste a good sermon, especially after you’ve spent so much time preparing it! Thom Rainer recently wrote that more time in sermon preparation usually means a more effectively evangelistic church. If you’re one of those who spends 15 hours or more on a message, it must stink to realize that all you can squeeze […]

6 Reasons Pastors Should Work A Month In Advance



It’s Tuesday morning early in July. I sit down at my laptop computer and begin planning for the next worship experience at Church Requel. I’m not working on next weekend, five days away. I’m working on August 5th – almost a month away! Such working ahead does not come naturally to me. In college I […]

7 Ways to Teach for Transformation



Years ago, I heard Rick Warren say, “The deepest teaching is teaching that makes a difference in people’s day-to-day lives.” That simple statement challenged and encouraged me more than anything else I’ve ever read or learned about communication from the pulpit. From that moment on, I have worked hard to focus on life-application teaching in […]

Ten Lessons from a Preaching Experience


Sermon Notebook

I had the chance to preach at Grace this Sunday.  It was a great experience communicating with my church family. And I learned a few things about myself through the preparation and delivery of this sermon as I reflected on it.  Things that seemed more tangible than other time I’d preached.  See if there are some here you’ve experienced […]

Get Personal to Preach More Powerfully


Brandon Cox and Danny Kirk

When I was in Bible college, I was taught the same basic sermon preparation methods that thousands of other preachers have learned. It’s a linear outline that usually begins with a major proposition, continues with several major points, each supported with explanatory illustrations and then a conclusion that summarizes the truths presented. There’s nothing wrong […]

25 Insightful Quotes About Fatherhood from All Pro Dad



All Pro Dad: Seven Essentials to Be a Hero to Your Kids is an excellent playbook for fatherhood. You can read my review plus share and comment for a chance to win a signed copy here. Mark Merrill has filled the book with lots of gems of wisdom. Here are 25 of my favorites. Introduction 1. […]

The Pastor as a Motivator


What Is Next?

Pastor, no one on the planet bears more responsibility for motivating a group of people than you. W. A. Criswell, one of my own preaching heroes, defined preaching as “seeking to move a man’s will God-ward.” He went on to define teaching as “instructing that man in the will and ways of the Lord.” I […]

9 Keys to Preaching a Lousy Sermon



Most people, when they preach, want to do well. Right? Most people want others to experience God, encounter truth, and leave changed. Most people want the hard work they put into their sermons to have some sort of impact on the people listening. Most people. But not everyone. Some people aim to preach a lousy […]

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