How to Deal with the Killer of Unity in Any Relationship My mentor and friend surprised me the other day. I asked if he could recommend a go-to resource on marriage. I figured he would point to any number of more recent publications by major evangelical authors. Not so. He suggested Larry Crabb’s 1991 publication…
Good teaching is not an accident. It is part of a process that begins in a bowed spirit, proceeds through a rigorous process of study, bathed in a spirit of prayer, and anticipating the empowering of God. John Piper’s advice has always been helpful. Pray with me and for all those around the world burdened … More John Piper’s Advice for Pastors (or anyone who teaches the Bible)
Thursday is for Preaching I want to do a bit of non-technical research on what is happening beyond my experience with our campuses related to what is happening in my circle of friends and their multi-site churches. Here are five simple questions related to preaching and recording of messages for alternative sites. What day of the … More Five Questions for Multi-Site Churches
Tuesday is for Preaching From a time when a pulpit in France rang with truth and power like it did from Martin Luther King Jr.. This is an old post from a now-defunct older BLOG of mine. I ran across a reference to it in a comment thread on this blog and thought it might … More Pulpits that Change the World
Friday is for Heart Songs A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to sit down with a fellow preacher and friend, Colin Smith of the Orchard Church in Arlington Heights. I so appreciate Colin for his passion but also for his skill in preaching. He is doing a significant amount of training and equipping of … More The Rhythm of Preaching
Tuesday is for Preaching [I started this post yesterday and didn’t finish because of other pressing demands.] Did you know that the Miriam-Webster Dictionary has a three-word noun? Really, a three-word noun. It’s true. Here it is: Monday-Morning Quarterback: a person who unfairly criticizes or questions the decisions and actions of other people after something has … More Monday-Morning Quaterbacking the Sermon
Years ago, it what seems like another life, I taught preaching at a seminary in California for 5 years. It was a great time in my life and today it is an incredible honor to know that some of my students serve on 5 different contintents. Sometime this year, I am hoping to begin training … More Some Basic Words on Preaching the Word in a History Channel World
Sunday Afternoon Musings The first and only time I met Mark Dever was almost 20 years ago when he visited Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. I had read his short book 9 Marks of a Healthy Church and found that my heart resonated with his perspective. When I heard he was coming to Trinity and that … More How Does an UnHealthy Church become Healthy?
Saturday Musing “The first and principal duty of a pastor is to feed the flock by diligent preaching of the Word.” — John Owen, English Puritan Pastors: Remind your heart every day that this is your job. Remind your heart as you study, as pray, and as you prepare your messages. Remind your heart as … More What is Your Job?
Sunday Afternoon Musings Imagine a pastor whose congregation of wealthy members . . . refuse to come to church refuse to let anyone else sit in their pews remove chairs that are placed in the aisle so that standing visitors have to remain standing burn the chairs that someone else paid for for the visitors … More Endurance: What Does it Take to Make You Quit?