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3 Vital Lessons from One of the Best Leaders I Know

I’ve hung out with megachurch pastors and I’ve read plenty of bos and biographies of great leaders. But there is a hero from whom I’ve learned about relational leadership than anyone else – my wife, Angie Cox. I’ve learned about preaching, administration, and creative communications from all kinds of well-known people, but Angie has been my primary source of wisdom …

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 to teach the church, wrote …

Pharisees and Jesus

5 Ways to Preach Like a Pharisee

Many of the Pharisees were probably great teachers and skilled speakers. I’m sure many were charismatic, skilled communicators. But by the time Jesus arrived on the scene, the Pharisees, on the whole, were killing the culture around them spiritually. Jesus had a lot of work to do just to unwire people from the performance-driven, legalistic trap of pharisaism. I’ve been …

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 argument against such condensation of historic works, but we have to realize …