3 Pillars of Persuasive Public Speaking

3 Pillars of Persuasive Public Speaking

There is a relationship that exists between a speaker / teacher / preacher and his or her audience. The entire experience is built on three pillars and whether people remember what you say and act on it depends on these three factors: ethos, logos, and pathos. Ethos...
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...

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...
What I'm Teaching at Exponential West 2013

What I'm Teaching at Exponential West 2013

I just received final word about the sessions I’ll be teaching at Exponential West at Saddleback Church in a few weeks. It’s not too late to join me! SESSIONS Session 1:¬†Going Social to Plant Churches Planting churches requires us to be relational, which...
6 Ways to Abuse Your Freedom of Speech and 6 Ways to Respect It

6 Ways to Abuse Your Freedom of Speech and 6 Ways to Respect It

I believe in free speech. I’m glad it’s the very first thing we added to the United States Constitution. I’m all for the freedom of the press, and I think blogging, social media, and even email (as a mass distribution weapon) are all great ways to...

What Sets Preaching Apart from Other Public Speaking?

My favorite classes at Western Kentucky University weren’t the Religious Studies courses (my major), or even the History courses (my minor). My favorite classes were in the area of speech and professional communication (what I wish had been my major). I grew up...

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