Top Five Preaching Rituals, Routines, And Habits

Top Five Preaching Rituals, Routines, And Habits

Given that this is US Open time of year, the Charlotte Observer recently ran a story about the rather unusual — OK, bizarre — routines, habits, and superstitions that pro tennis players bring to their games. For example, Andre Agassi went commando in his first match...

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How I Answered Five Questions About Preaching

How I Answered Five Questions About Preaching

As part of its ongoing Leadership Development process, the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church asked five of its preachers to answer five specific questions about the craft. The column released late last week, but may have been overlooked...

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The Real Romans Road

The Real Romans Road

Many of you are familiar with the Romans Road, a collection of verses from that signature New Testament book designed to lead people on the “road” to salvation. It starts out with our Problem from Romans 3:23: For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. It...

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The Breadcrumbs Of Preaching

The Breadcrumbs Of Preaching

Over the past six months or so, I have heard two different one point sermons that caught my attention. The preachers in question delivered well developed, biblically faithful, and rhetorically compelling messages. The one point, once revealed, served as both the...

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Preaching Predicaments

Preaching Predicaments

In speaking with a preacher friend recently, I mentioned that the early part of every sermon needs to surface a problem that needs to be solved or expose an itch that needs to be scratched. Really, then, sermon openings invariably involve predicaments.  I want the...

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Top Five Responses To Preaching

Top Five Responses To Preaching

We preachers value the responses that people have to our preaching. After all, most of us didn’t go into this so that our words could vanish into thin air, never to be heard, much less considered, again. Yet even the best preachers (so I’m told) get all kinds of...

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The Captain Obvious Of Preaching

The Captain Obvious Of Preaching

I have noticed in the communication field that it is all too easy to succumb to the “Captain Obvious Trap.” One of the commentators on the Tennis Channel, for example, is notorious for telling viewers that “Wow, Novak Djokovic is really flexible,” or “Man, can John...

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