2014: The Year of Preaching for Discipleship

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by Fr. John A. Peck At Preachers Institute, we are pushing our focus to make the most of your time and efforts in building up the Body of Christ. Just as we do in our 30(40) Days of Blogging exercise, we are setting a theme for this year's preaching. Discipleship is our theme and the focus of our preaching for the coming year. Why Discipleship? Well, as you know, I do a lot of reading ... More...

One-Sided Preaching Misrepresents God

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I saw this short, but excellent piece on Sermon Central, and just had to repost it.  As I  have said before, a priest comforts the afflicted; a prophet afflicts the comforted. As a preacher, you must be both priest and prophet.  by Sherman Cox Warren Stewart, in Interpreting God’s Word in Black Preaching, writes: He or she who interprets and preaches the Word must identify with the Word ... More...

40 Day Blogger Button For Your Website

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by Fr. John A. Peck Oh, sure, we all thought about it, but I had the guts to do it. What is 'it'? It's the official Blog Button for the 30 (40) Days of Blogging! Blogging can seem scary to the beginner, so let's not do it alone. During the 30 (40) Days of Blogging, check in with your fellow bloggers and see what they are writing. Repost it if it's good! At the right, you will see a button we ... More...

30 (40) Days of Blogging (with a twist) Starts Soon!

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For our usual readers, the upcoming Nativity fast means our 30 (40) Days of Blogging exercise, but this year we are adding a twist. There will be a theme to write about every day, provided by our site! Yes! Not sure what to write about? Leave that to Preachers Institute. Every day, starting Thursday, November 14th at 12:01 am, we will publish a new theme for your next day's blog entry. ... More...

Why You Should Write Your Sermons At Least Two Weeks In Advance

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by Bob Hostetler Saw this and thought to myself - "Self, could you do this? I mean, week after week, successfully?" Early in my ministry, Thursdays were my sermon prep day—for the coming Sunday (I’ve never been a Saturday guy; just can’t live that close to the edge). And when we started Cobblestone, eight or nine days in advance was the norm. But that changed about five or six years ago, and ... More...