Preaching

Last Chance: Save Up to 40% in September’s Monthly Sale – Christian Article

This September, we’ve got a ton of great deals to keep your bookshelf full all season long. From books on biblical studies to Church history, you can save up to 40% in the monthly sale. One notable book on sale this month is Peter G. Bolt’s excellent contribution to the New Studies in Biblical Theology collection, The Cross from a Distance: Atonement in Mark’s Gospel. Enjoy this excerpt—and get it on sale while you can! ___ By Peter G. Bolt,…

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WE ARE HELD: A MESSAGE IN MEMORY OF RHE – Youth Ministry Christian Article

May 22, 2019 | It was my turn to preach this Mother’s Day. I was having a hard time deciding what to preach. As a result, I called my friends in preacher panic. Preach panic is sort of like writer’s block, but worse because you have to say waht you’ve written (or not writtten) out loud in front of people. Things seem to be better when I call my friends for help. In a matter of seconds, April had emailed…

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How I Prepare a Sermon – Christian Article

I have enjoyed reading articles by various Aussies as they tell how they prepare their weekly sermons. I always find it beneficial to hear how others set about the task and thought I’d add my voice to the mix. The point in this article and the others is not to suggest that one method is superior to any other or to suggest any of them is worthy of total imitation. Rather, it’s to provide a smorgasbord of options other preachers…

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Outer Edges: Who Are You Forgetting in Your Sermons? – Christian Article

Most preaching is aimed at the people in the middle. How do we preach so people on the edges can feast, too? By Patricia Batten I preached on five verses in the first chapter of Mark’s Gospel. In verses 40–45, Mark tells us about a man who lived on the outer edges of society. He was stuck away from the community, covering his head and yelling out “unclean, unclean.” He was not allowed to live within the community. His disease…

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Preachers, Mobilize Your Language and Send It Into Battle – Christian Article

By Jeffrey Arthurs It was said of Winston Churchill that “he mobilized the English language, and sent it into battle.” I exhort you, send your best words into battle against the world, the flesh, and the devil. Send language forth like soldiers massing for the charge, cutting the wire, and storming the stronghold. You can do this by using vivid verbs and nouns. Don’t say, “There was a major city”; say, “Chicago.” Don’t say, “The thief brought a weapon”; say,…

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How to Encourage that Preacher – Christian Article

While it’s always a joy to be encouraged by others, not all encouragement is created equal. Thinking through the right and best words can make the encouragement greater to both the one offering it and the one receiving it. Having spoken to many preachers and having preached a fair bit myself, I began considering the kind of encouragement that preachers most love to hear. I thought I’d pass them along and provide a brief explanation for each. As you dig…

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Not Every Sermon Is Worth Hearing – Christian Article

By Lucas O’Neill, author of Preaching to Be Heard Many sermons are like meals from typical fast-food chains—flavor at the expense of nutrition. It’s easy, fast, cheap, and tastes addictively good. Your We begin with the text and we surrender the sermon to its dictates. preaching may be drawing a lot of people, but are they being fed well? It’s easy to master the art of drawing an audience. If we give them something pleasantly palatable we can fill empty…

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Christocentric Preaching – Christian Article

The following article originally appeared in the Southern Baptist Journal of Theology 22/3 (2018): 47-66, and is available here in PDF form. Used with permission. Vern S. Poythress is Professor of New Testament Interpretation at Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he has taught for nearly four decades. He earned his PhD from Harvard University and ThD from the University of Stellenbosch. Dr. Poythress has written numerous articles and books such as God-Centered Biblical Interpretation (P&R, 1999); In the Beginning…

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What Book on Preaching Would You Recommend above All Others? – Christian Article

If a young preacher stepped into your office asking for your best book on preaching, what would you suggest? Before I go further, I ask that you would answer that question in the comments. With a little help, this post can be a wonderful resource for preachers looking to grow their craft. Here’s how I would answer it—not as the seasoned preacher, but as the young one. Below are the most formative preaching books and resources I’ve encountered over the…

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God makes something out of nothing – Christian Article

//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push(); Man is only able to make something out of raw materials God already created. Which is why, the only time God works, is when He makes something out of NOTHING. Once the item is created, he uses man to finish the rest. There is absolutely nothing you want or need that God can not make happen. Even if what you need does not exist (that is His specialty) He can create it and, if…

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Want to Change Your Congregation? Kill the Taskmaster. – Christian Article

The first legalist you must agitate is yourself. At the start of the year, many of us are mindful of how we want this year to be different. Which means sooner or later we have to ask, “How do I change?” I’ve been thinking about how the Bible answers that question and what it means for preaching. “Be transformed by the renewing of your mind” (not your willpower). — Romans 12:1 “Apart from me you can do nothing.” — Jesus “It…

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