To Preach the Acceptable Year

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by Bishop David of Sitka and All Alaska January first has become the place we mark the passing of one year to another. All over the world today people are celebrating the passing of the old and the coming of the New Year. There is a type of relief that comes about when we can leave anything old and receive something new, it is both psychological and social in nature and holds a promise of ... More...

The Rise of the ‘Done with Church’ Generation

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by Thom Schulz Do you still think plumbing the depths of Scripture in expository preaching is not important? Has your flock heard everything they are going to? John is every pastor’s dream member. He’s a life-long believer, well-studied in the Bible, gives generously and leads others passionately. But last year he dropped out of church. He didn’t switch to the other church down the road. He ... More...

The Genius of Chrysostom

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by Carl A. Volz John Chrysostom loved to preach. “Preaching improves me,” he once told his congregation. “When I begin to speak, weariness disappears; when I begin to teach, fatigue too disappears. Thus neither sickness itself nor indeed any other obstacle is able to separate me from your love.… For just as you are hungry to listen to me, so too I am hungry to preach to you.” And ... More...

4 Reasons to Start a Mid-Week Sermon Feedback Meeting

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By Eric McKiddie Pastors need feedback in order to improve their sermons. But helpful feedback on your sermon is hard to come by. “Thank you” from our church as they shuffle out encourages us, but doesn’t tell us what we did well or why. Nor can we trust the woulda-coulda-shouldas that flood our head in the car ride home. I don’t know about you, but after preaching Sunday morning my brain ... More...

6 Must-Have Qualities You Should Find in Any Good Preacher

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by Ben Mandrell You probably have noticed that preachers come in all shapes and sizes. There are big, gregarious, sweaty-foreheaded preachers. There are short, slim, soft-spoken preachers. There are creative preachers who always have a slick gadget or a clever object of illustration. There are King James preachers who love "thees" and "thous" of Thy Holy Word. So what makes a faithful preacher? ... More...