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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Preaching For DECISION While Remembering MOTIVATION

Preaching For DECISION While Remembering MOTIVATION

As thrilling as it is to ensure that at least a moment in every sermon points to Christ and him crucified, it is even more so when sermons issue an urgent yet loving appeal to surrender to his Lordship. Doing this well involves doing it with variety. It includes...

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Preaching For Applause?

Preaching For Applause?

While most Methodist churches refrain from all kinds of clapping — either the rhythmic kind during a praise song or the appreciative kind during a sermon — Good Shepherd has always been one of the exceptions. We clap during most songs on most Sundays.  We even clapped...

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The Social Solitude Of Preaching

The Social Solitude Of Preaching

Preaching is an intensely solitary activity. Preaching is a thoroughly social exercise. Which is it?  Solitary or social? Yes. My own process of preparation is wholly wrapped in solitude.  I study, I jot, I brainstorm, I fret, I pray, I get excited, I become...

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Preaching And The Sacred Act Of Noticing

Preaching And The Sacred Act Of Noticing

I am moved by the self-awareness of poet and memoirist Patricia Lockwood. Here’s how she words it in the best-selling Priestdaddy: I consider myself on an anthropological mission, much like Margaret Mead. I have discovered that this makes almost anything bearable – it...

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How To Say No To Notes

How To Say No To Notes

Preaching without notes is the opposite of “winging it.” In my case at least, it is the result of a highly personalized (OK, maybe even somewhat OCD) process that’s built on these three premises: Internalize, don’t memorize If you get lost during delivery, you’re the...

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