Monday-Morning Quaterbacking the Sermon

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

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Contending for Truth in a Truth Denying Culture

Tuesday is for Preaching If I profess with the loudest voice and clearest exposition every portion of the truth of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at that moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Christ.  Where the battle rages, there the loyalty of the soldier is proved, … More Contending for Truth in a Truth Denying Culture

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When Doubt is Sin: A Thanksgiving Eve Meditation

Wednesday is for Prayer All around the country, pastors and church leaders are thinking through and preparing their Christmas season of messages as others are preparing for Thanksgiving. My message this week is on the birth announcement of the angel Gabriel to Zachariah that he and Elizabeth’s late-born, miracle child was going to figure prominently … More When Doubt is Sin: A Thanksgiving Eve Meditation

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“How Did You Know I Need this Message Today?”

Tuesday is for Preaching Had an experience this past week that confirmed again the effectiveness of a rigorous plan with regard to a preaching calendar. For years, I have advocated to my students that they plan six months to a year ahead. I preached a message last week on a text that was selected and … More “How Did You Know I Need this Message Today?”

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Should Pastors Follow the Advice of Atheists?

Tuesday is for Preaching Read an atheist site that was grading church worship services and sermons based on the following criteria: Doing good to your fellow human. Being good doesn’t mean converting him or her to your religion.  It means being nice, forgiving, reasonable, and tolerant. Religious leaders who include this theme in their sermon will … More Should Pastors Follow the Advice of Atheists?

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Worthless Preaching and Preachers Who Preach without Worth

Tuesday is for Preaching The devil will let a man prepare a sermon if that will keep him from preparing himself. —Vance Havner Men, it is too easy, to fall for the trap of the evil one. He is a liar, the father of lies, a  deceiver from the beginning, a defiler and confuser of the … More Worthless Preaching and Preachers Who Preach without Worth

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Some Basic Words on Preaching the Word in a History Channel World

Tuesday is for Preaching I am thankful for the discussions that the history channel’s mini-series on the Bible is stimulating. Nevertheless, it is clear from the whatever niggling  we might do about the truncating and compression of the Bible stories selected, the bigger problem with the series is that it doesn’t get the big story … More Some Basic Words on Preaching the Word in a History Channel World

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