How to Love Your People For Better Preaching

How to Love Your People For Better Preaching In the last post we saw that loving your people makes preaching better.  In this post we consider how to love your people for better preaching in your ministry. Let Them Know You Love Them I've…

Loving Your People Makes Preaching Better

Loving Your People Makes Preaching Better It seems to be a rather obvious statement: loving your people makes preaching better and easier.  But a question comes up rather quickly: how do you love the jerks?  Your church has them, I'm sure.…

Watch Your Language When You Preach

Watch Your Language When You Preach In the last couple of posts we've looked at the Curse of Knowledge and how to overcome it.  In this post we are going to consider one of the ways that you might become a victim of the curse of knowledge.…

How To Overcome the Curse of Knowledge

How to Overcome the Curse of Knowledge In the last post we identified a major obstacle to effective preaching, the curse of knowledge.  In this post we are going to consider how to overcome the curse of knowledge in your preaching. A Reminder Let's…

The Curse of Knowledge for Preachers

The Curse of Knowledge for Preachers In this post we are turning away from the subject of the past several weeks, new maps for sermon making, to a challenging subject: the curse of knowledge for preachers as they present their sermons. What…

The Importance of Being Yourself When You Preach

The Importance of Being Yourself When You Preach This post is about the importance of being yourself when you preach to a congregation. One of the most engaging preachers in my geographical area became a professor of preaching.  He was…
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How To Take Care Of Yourself

How To Take Care Of Yourself In the last post I made some suggestions as to why this is indeed a stressful time, so you need to take care of yourself.  In this post, we're going to look at how to do that, how to take care of yourself in times…

Proclaiming Hope for Hopeless People

Proclaiming Hope for Hopeless People We have been looking at how to preach in a pandemic.  Here's the first in the series of posts.  In this post we will consider that proclaiming hope for hopeless people as they face the trauma of this time…

Preaching in a Pandemic

Preaching in a Pandemic In this post I begin a series on recommendations on how to go about preaching in a pandemic such as we are experiencing right now.  When we, as human beings, engage in things that cause us loss, it can easily become…
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The Sermon is a Symphony

The Sermon is a Symphony In Shakespeare's play, Hamlet, there is a scene in which the main character, Hamlet, is walking down the corridor of the palace reading.  Someone asked him, as he walked, what he was reading.  His response was,…