People of Grace

People of Grace We've been discussing in this blog how to preach to the culture around us.  In the last post, I reflected on the culture of the United States as an example of how the church can get away from its central message of grace, and…

Preaching Grace

Preaching Grace In the last two posts we began the discussion of how to preach Christ to the culture in which we live.  We considered in the last post the various philosophies about how we should approach the culture.  Today I want to share…

Christ and Culture

Christ and Culture In the last post, we began a discussion of how to preach to a culture that either ignores Christ or, worse, is hostile to him.   We continue today talking about how Christians should view Christ and culture and especially…

Preaching Christ to the Culture

Preaching Christ to the Culture Tim Keller has a chapter in his book, Preaching, with the title above.  How do you go about preaching Christ to the culture when the culture doesn't seem to care? Where I'm Coming From I grew up during a…

How to Conclude Your Sermon

How to conclude your sermon We've looked for several posts now at how to conclude your sermon well.   This is the last post in the series, a conclusion to conclusions.  We've seen a variety of ways to end a message effectively, from going…

Ending Your Sermon Well

Ending Well We have been considering the importance of conclusions.  This link will connect you to the first post in this series.  Today we continue with examples about how to conclude your messages effectively.  Ending your sermon well…

Try This Kind of Conclusion

Try This Kind of Conclusion In this post I'm going to continue reflecting on conclusions, a subject we started a couple of posts ago.  I'm going to give you some examples and encourage you to try this kind of conclusion in each case. End…

Conclude Effectively

Effective Conclusions We have been exploring the importance of conclusions in previous posts.  We've seen that there are many ways to do conclusions ineffectively.  In this post we are turning our attention to how to bring your sermon to…

Missing the Nail

Missing the Nail In the last post we began looking at the importance of conclusions to the sermon.  We reflected on two ineffective ways to conclude a message: the fail the plan and the "I'm out of time" conclusions.  Today we continue looking…

The Importance of Conclusions

Conclusions Are More Important Than You Think Quite awhile ago in this blog I looked at introductions in several posts, saying that introductions are more important than you think.  Here's a link to the first of the posts in that series.…