Preaching

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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