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Preaching and Pastoral Care

When God calls a man to serve as a pastor in a local church, there are countless tasks he needs to complete. The primary tasks can be divided into several main categories including feeding, leading, and protecting. There are many ways in which a pastor accompl... Read More »

Preaching and Worship

As a Worship Pastor and occasional preacher, the topic “Preaching and Worship” itself is a point of contention for me.  I am not someone who gets caught up in titles, but my title is a bit misleading because the pastor of a church is always the leader in ... Read More »

The Preacher Who Prepares: Why Failing to Plan is a Plan to Fail

In several places in my academic journey through college and seminary I came across a sentiment variously expressed, “Lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part.” To me, this was a constant reminder for the need to apply dili... Read More »

The Preacher Who Mentors: Reproducing in Others What Jesus Produced in You

When one leaves seminary, the name Charles always references Spurgeon. It is hard to imagine any seminary student that would not make that connection. He of course is a great man and one who was iconic. That is, though, sometimes the problem. We study a man wh... Read More »

The Preacher Who Walks with God: Why Walking with God Precedes Speaking for Him

The honor of being asked to contribute to Preaching Source was soon followed by the daunting task of the topic:  “Why Walking with God Precedes Speaking for Him.”  At the risk of sounding like a subject-matter-expert on walking with God, let me first con... Read More »

The Preacher Who Grows: Why Personal Time with God is of Utmost Importance

“Utmost importance!” That sounds serious! Just how important and how serious is the preacher’s personal spiritual growth and his personal time with the Lord? The purpose of this article is to address the importance and implementation of spiritual growth ... Read More »

The Preacher Who Cares: How Pastoral Ministry Accentuates the Preacher’s Pulpit

In a culture that is increasingly privatized, individualized and scandalized, the need for preachers to care genuinely for those to whom they preach perhaps has never been so important. Whether he chooses to acknowledge it or not, the manner in which the preac... Read More »

The Preacher Who Witnesses: How to Set the Evangelistic Thermostat in Your Church

Local churches have had legendary battles over the temperature setting of thermostats. Who gets to control the temperature in the sanctuary: the pastor or the trustees? While a pastor can concede the temperature setting of the sanctuary thermostat to the trust... Read More »

The Preacher Who Forgives: The Preacher as a Model for Forgiveness

Some Christian clichés are passed around in our circle of churches because they sound nice. They may not always be theologically air-tight. Take this one, for instance: When God closes a door, He opens a window. Climbing through windows is becoming of a burgl... Read More »

The Preacher Who Reads: Why the Preacher Who Reads is the Preacher Who Leads

Karl Barth, the famed and influential German theologian, was quoted as saying, “One must do theology with the Bible in one hand and a newspaper in the other.” I suggest that just as Barth stated that theology has a dual quality of biblical and world educat... Read More »

The Homiletical Challenge: How to Turn True Statements into Truth Nuggets

As text-driven preachers, we long to “rightly divide” the Word from the pulpit. We go deep into the structure of the text, analyzing the syntax and semantics, longing for the truth of God’s inspired Word to awake our souls as we aim to awake ... Read More »

The Predictability Challenge: Crafting Sermons with Variety

I’m not a very creative person. As a matter of fact, more often than I wish to admit, I’m confronted by the fact that I’m a pretty predictable guy. That’s not to say I don’t have creative moments but that those moments tend to come slowly over time. ... Read More »

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