5 Reasons to Make Easter Sunday a Really Big Deal

5 Reasons to Make Easter Sunday a Really Big Deal

Jesus rose from the dead. Nobody else has ever done that. At least, not without Jesus’ help. And Jesus’ resurrection has changed the world. It has changed history. It has changed me, and millions of others. It’s a big deal. If you’re a pastor...
9 Awesome New Downloadable Resources from MinistryPass

9 Awesome New Downloadable Resources from MinistryPass

This stand-alone one-week message examines the character of Judas, the biggest mistake he made, and the way Jesus chose to respond to Judas’ betrayal. Download It Now This stand-alone Easter sermon uses a non-traditional text to discuss the power of Jesus’...
Why You Should Preach to Motivate People to Change

Why You Should Preach to Motivate People to Change

If you’re a pastor, you’re a motivator. In fact, motivational preaching is one of the most powerful and persuasive tools for change our culture knows. W. A. Criswell, one of my own preaching heroes, defined preaching as “seeking to move a man’s...
Free Christmas Sermon Series Download: God With Us

Free Christmas Sermon Series Download: God With Us

What’s in a name? Well, in the name Immanuel, a lot! When Jesus was born on earth, he was God, coming to live among us. This four-part Christmas message series is really just starter material. It includes four brief outlines to jog your thinking. Feel free to...
What the Church Ought to be FOR Today

What the Church Ought to be FOR Today

As I write this, it’s the morning after a dozen police officers were shot, five of them fatally, sacrificing themselves to defend the freedom of people to protest. It’s been a terrible few days for America. Ironically, before any of this began, I had begun...
What to Do When You Bombed Sunday's Sermon

What to Do When You Bombed Sunday's Sermon

Preaching, as a Pastor, is hard. It’s not hard to get up and say something inspirational. It is hard to get up and rightly divide God’s Word, build a bridge from an ancient culture to our own, and then to call people to an appropriate response to...

Jesus, the Prophet, Came Preaching

Jesus was more than a mere prophet – he was the sinless Son of God, the human-divine sacrifice for our sins. But he is a prophet nonetheless, and the greatest prophet the world has ever known. We like to think of Jesus in any kind of role except that of preacher...
4 Reasons to Plan a Year of Preaching – 2016 Edition

4 Reasons to Plan a Year of Preaching – 2016 Edition

I’ve spent the last month or so mapping out the next year of preaching. That doesn’t mean I’m preparing a year’s worth of sermons in detail or that I won’t make changes along the way. Sometimes a congregation experiences unexpected...
Whatever You’re Preaching This Sunday, Talk About THIS!

Whatever You’re Preaching This Sunday, Talk About THIS!

Preaching is a sacred task. We who shepherd congregations are entrusted with the assignment of opening God’s very own words to his people, week after week, and translating ancient truth to today’s people. We are to preach so as to build up (edify), to hold...
How to Thrive When Nations Rise and Fall

How to Thrive When Nations Rise and Fall

Nations rise and fall, and while big changes in world events catch us by surprise, God is never caught off guard. Learn, in this message, how to be a “John Wayne”-style believer – cool, calm, and collected in a culture gone crazy! And here are my...