The Ultimate Plan for Communicating Better

The Ultimate Plan for Communicating Better

Angie and I talk to a lot of couples about marriage, and one of the most common problems we encounter is the communication conundrum. Spouses really struggle to know how to articulate themselves as well as how to understand each other. Nearly two thousand years ago,...
Boring Preaching Is A Crime! 7 Ways to Be Interesting

Boring Preaching Is A Crime! 7 Ways to Be Interesting

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...
3 Components That Come Together in an Effective Sermon

3 Components That Come Together in an Effective Sermon

There are certain elements that must be included in every single sermon you ever preach. They are non-negotiable. To put it another way, every sermon you preach has three key components. Understanding them and helping them to play well together is half the battle of...
A Lesson for Church Leaders from Ted Cruz' Direct Mail Mishap

A Lesson for Church Leaders from Ted Cruz' Direct Mail Mishap

Cruz doesn’t see it as a mishap, and “won’t apologize” for it. But as a leader and church communications guy, I think he blew it when he used a direct mail piece designed to apply social pressure to potential voters in Iowa. In case you...
4 Ways You Can Use Social Media for Good

4 Ways You Can Use Social Media for Good

I just wrote an article for one of the best websites on the net for small group ministry, SmallGroups.com. Here’s the intro: No one can deny the popularity of social networking. It’s everywhere. It’s the cloud we breathe all the time without even...
If I Could Just Control My Mouth…

If I Could Just Control My Mouth…

The Apostle James said it best. The tongue is like a fire, or perhaps poison. When not under control, our mouths can destroy lives, especially our own. He went on to say, “If we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in...
It's Time to Speak Up! It's Time to Get Social

It's Time to Speak Up! It's Time to Get Social

The following is a brief excerpt from my new book Rewired: How Using Today’s Technology Can Bring You Back to Deeper Relationships, Real Conversations, and Powerful Ways to Share God’s Love available at a bookstore near you. Silence has a tendency to ruin things—not...
5 Ways to Preach Like a Pharisee

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...

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,...

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