The Three Voices of Effective Pastoral Leadership

The Three Voices of Effective Pastoral Leadership

I grew up in a church where visiting evangelists would scream, then gasp for breath, then scream a little more. They walked around on the stage and sometimes down the aisles, red-faced and often carrying a handkerchief to wipe away the sweat they’d collected on their...
4 Reasons Modern Worship Services Should Engage the Emotions

4 Reasons Modern Worship Services Should Engage the Emotions

I hear it all the time and it’s blogged about regularly… Modern worship songs and services are just too much emotionalism and not enough doctrine. Long ago, I wrote a blog post to that very effect. I revisited the issue a few years ago and deleted that old...
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 Things You’ll Never Control as a Preacher

3 Things You’ll Never Control as a Preacher

I used to design websites for churches as kind of a hobby and side gig. I had to retire, but when I was active in the craft, I can well remember my biggest motivation. I would preach on Sunday to people who would listen and affirm my words with their thanks. But I...
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...
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’...
5 Practical Tools for 2017 for Pastors and Church Leaders

5 Practical Tools for 2017 for Pastors and Church Leaders

You obviously need to follow Jesus, believe the truth of his Word, and rely on the power of the Holy Spirit. A solid theology is the foundation for any year of preaching and leading in the context of a local church. And then there are the practical tools and resources...
A Simple Gospel Invitation to Give Your Life to Jesus

A Simple Gospel Invitation to Give Your Life to Jesus

There are so many ways to word an invitation to people to become Christians… Repent and believe… Admit, believe, confess… Invite Jesus into your life… Ask Jesus to be your Savior… Give your life to Jesus… Believe and receive…...
The After Effects of a Spirit-filled Prayer

The After Effects of a Spirit-filled Prayer

Does prayer make any difference? Absolutely! And prayer makes a difference because the living God, the Holy Spirit, lives inside the one praying. Further, when God’s people get together and pray as a community, amazing things happen! I’m sure you’ve...

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