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

Have a Warm Christmas

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 any more palatable, but to improve our ability to communicate it clearly. Listen in…

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Mind Mapping and Sermon Preparation

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Below is a mind map. Behold…

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If you’ve never used mind mapping, you might want to give it a try. I’ve found it to be an excellent tool for brainstorming, organizational charting, sermon preparation, memorization of large amounts of data, planning, and collaboration. Essentially, mind mapping is a means of throwing our thoughts out on paper with some kind of spatial representation that our brains tend to enjoy.

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The Two Halves of Sermon-Making

Great preachers and professors today differ on the best way to communicate the gospel. I’m still a strong advocate of book-by-book, expository preaching and I’ve found it to be a very divinely blessed method in the spiritual growth of God’s people. I also believe that expository preaching is the greatest way to preach the gospel of Jesus to our generation. Nonetheless, there is a more important aspect of preparing sermons than the method used. There is also the spiritual aspect, the prayer factor.

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