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Public Preaching

Two False Assumptions to Leave Behind When You Preach

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...
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Exponential West

What I’m Teaching at Exponential West 2013

I just received final word about the sessions I’ll be teaching at Exponential West at Saddleback Church in a few weeks. It’s not too late to join me! SESSIONS Session 1:¬†Going Social to Plant Churches Planting churches requires us to be relational, which means getting offline. But what if real relationships could be initiated and...
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Me. Preaching.

The Three Key Components of a Solid Sermon

There are certain elements that must be included in every single sermon that we ever preach. They are non-negotiable. To put it another way, every sermon you preach has three key components… The God Component The “God component” is what sets preaching apart from other kinds of public speaking. We are God’s spokespeople. We preach...
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6 Ways to Abuse Your Freedom of Speech and 6 Ways to Respect It

I believe in free speech. I’m glad it’s the very first thing we added to the United States Constitution. I’m all for the freedom of the press, and I think blogging, social media, and even email (as a mass distribution weapon) are all great ways to exercise this freedom. These new technologies level the playing...
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What Sets Preaching Apart from Other Public Speaking?

My favorite classes at Western Kentucky University weren’t the Religious Studies courses (my major), or even the History courses (my minor). My favorite classes were in the area of speech and professional communication (what I wish had been my major). I grew up super-shy like almost every other Pastor I know, but have grown to...
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Boring Preaching Is A Crime

No, this is not a post about the loss of our religious freedom – it’s a reflection on a quote I’ve looked at many times since I first wrote it down about nine years ago at a conference on preaching… If you think the gathering of biblical facts and standing up with a Bible in...
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