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Every Pastor Should Read ‘Note to Self’

Note to Self by Joe Thorn

"Preaching it" is easier than living it. This creates significant problems when our speaking talent outweighs our personal character. Therefore, it is imperative that we, as shepherds, shepherd ourselves - that we hear the Word, do the Word, and preach to ourselves first. That's why I love Joe Thorn's book Note …

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Easter Means Healing Now, Hope Forever

Let me focus in for a moment on Simon Peter, one of the key disciples surrounding Jesus. You may know the story by heart in which Peter asserted that He would never dessert the Lord Jesus, to which Jesus replied, “Before the cock crows, you will have denied me three times.” Sure enough, Peter forsook his …

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Seven Ways Twitter Will Improve Your Preaching and Teaching

John Calvin published 22 volumes of commentaries on the Bible and Martin Lloyd-Jones published 9 volumes on Romans alone. What if you could remove all of the non-essential language, antiquated stories, and strip all of that knowledge down to some bite-sized, transportable truths? There is certainly room for …

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Learn About Radical Preaching at Radicalis 2011

It was precisely eleven years ago when my father-in-law and I traveled to Saddleback Church for the Preaching for Life Change conference taught by Rick Warren and Tom Holladay. And it was definitely life-changing and ministry-altering. It changed the way I preached in multiple ways... I learned to bulid a …

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All Your Pastor Wants for Christmas


Disclaimer: I don’t know your Pastor (probably) and so I can’t say for sure he wants any of these things, much less that he wants these things exclusively, but I thought I’d take a stab at saying here’s what, in my estimation, many Pastors would love to have… if you’re looking for ideas. A Kindle! I don’t …

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The Role of Vision-Casting In Preaching


Pastor, God called you to lead. (If you're not a Pastor, but you have a Pastor, God called your Pastor to lead you.) He didn't call you to lead by consensus or by permission. He called you to lead by following His voice, and to do it boldly. Somewhere in the history of democratically-governed churches, we …

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Squeeze a Sermon for All It’s Worth

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I just had a guest post published over at, a site dedicated to helping the church communicate with greater excellence. A sermon takes a lot of work to produce, so my challenge is to find ways to utilize the value of it in various ways even after it's preached. Check out Repurposing …

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What Language Do You Preach In?


I preach in English, because it's all I know. I took Spanish in college, but sat next to my wife and stayed distracted the whole semester - wound up with a C. But I'm not really getting at language in the sense of nationalities or tribal traditions. What I want to know is, do you speak human? One of my least …

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Pray for Us As Everything Changes

Ella and Sam at the Beach

Angie and I have been walking through the process of following God's call to a new ministry. We had a very emotional morning today at Bethel as we shared the news that I am resigning as Pastor and my last Sunday will be July 4th. I am accepting a position on the pastoral staff of Saddleback Church in Orange …

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The 25 Most Influential Preachers of the Last 25 Years

This month's copy of Preaching Magazine arrived a week or so ago and Billy Graham made the cover for a story in which Michael Diduit names 25 of the most influential Preachers of the last 25 years. The article has also been published at Sermon Central for you to read. There are several names on the list who …

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