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...
Stop Preaching About All the Good People In the Bible!

Stop Preaching About All the Good People In the Bible!

There are no “good” people in the Bible – at least not in the theological sense – except for Jesus. Everybody else is wrecked and ruined by sin and desperately in need of a Savior. So the way we have traditionally approached character-based...
6 Ways the Local Church Can Set the Table for Discipleship

6 Ways the Local Church Can Set the Table for Discipleship

I grew up attending church A LOT. I was in a church classroom A LOT. When I was a kid, my family attended Sunday morning, Sunday night, and Wednesday night preaching and prayer services, plus Sunday School, plus missions education programs and Vacation Bible Schools....