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Text talk: What’s a sermon for?
Jun18

Text talk: What’s a sermon for?

It is a legendary story, but we can likely assume that it actually happened. A visiting preacher stepped into a pulpit which he was filling for a friend and saw a sign that would come to revolutionize his preaching ministry. It simply read, “What are you trying to do to these people?” Good question. What is the purpose of a sermon? Why do we preach? Why do we gather every Sunday and sit under the instruction of a pastor? The purpose...

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Text talk: Listening to a sermon
Jan27

Text talk: Listening to a sermon

Much time and energy is invested in helping preachers preach better sermons. This is well-placed since the Bible exhorts pastors to make progress in their preaching (1 Tim. 4:15). However, while there is an emphasis on preaching sermons, less is said about listening to sermons. We know how valuable physical hearing is, especially the older we get. Vital information can be missed, and we suffer accordingly when we don’t hear the things...

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Text talk: What is good preaching?
Oct14

Text talk: What is good preaching?

Frequently at the end of a worship service, as church members greet their pastor on their way out the door, you hear these words, “Good sermon, preacher!” Sometimes when pastors get together and the conversation turns to church life, a particular pastor is mentioned, and someone says, “Man, he’s a good preacher!” But what is good preaching? Some may see it as being entertaining. Perhaps the speaker is a good storyteller or maybe can...

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Preaching Conference Feb 29-Mar. 1
Jan26

Preaching Conference Feb 29-Mar. 1

Why a conference on preaching? I’ve been asked this question before. Is it really a good use of resources to bring in experts to talk about something that every pastor learned to do in seminary? Isn’t that what we fund those institutions to do? Shouldn’t the Convention be concerned with more practical matters? It’s a good question. We should always scrutinize what we do to ensure that it is the highest stewardship of the resources...

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Priority of Preaching Conference offers ‘basic training’ for pastors
Feb18

Priority of Preaching Conference offers ‘basic training’ for pastors

If you’re a baseball fan—and how can a red-blooded American not be?—you know what time of year this is. It is time for Spring Training. As a pastor, please take a moment and think about that. Major league baseball players are the best in the world at what they do. And yet every spring they come together for this thing called “training.” What actually happens there? Do they learn new skills? For the most part, they do not. There may be...

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