Feeling and Knowing

“I Feel” Versus “I Know”

Brandon Living

Right now, I feel tired. I also feel that I’m spinning my wheels and not getting anywhere, and that I’m failing to meet the expectations of others. I feel bogged down in things that need doing, and I feel inadequate to the tasks that loom largest in my life – be a great husband, a great Dad, and a great Pastor. Right now, I …

Me and My Father-in-law at My First Church

Get Personal to Preach More Powerfully

Brandon Preaching

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 ar out 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 with that approach, but my …

Have a Warm Christmas

Think “Warm” As You Plan Your Church’s Christmas Calendar

Brandon Communications, Preaching

I’ve never really considered this before, but Gary Molander makes a pretty deep point about where our audience is when we go into the holiday season. As we design communication pieces, craft messages, and plan services, it’s a good idea to think about the perspective from which our audience is listening – not for the purpose of making the message …

crying-baby

Why?… Sounds A Lot Like Waaa!

Brandon Living

My wife, Angie, and I have been riding an emotional roller coaster lately when it comes to the particular issue of having children. Her and I have both spen and written about this before. Infertility (for us, it’s secondary infertility – we have one) produces this up and down. Every month is another roller coaster ride, a waiting game. …

Pastors Should Always Wear Long Sleeves

Brandon Preaching

I once filled in for a Pastor who had a beard. His church was a bit upset with him about something and over lunch, two little ladies wanted me to point them to that passage that declares Pastors should not have facial hair… stop searching, it isn’t in there. Neither does the Bible address the issue of sleeves, but it …