Here are some of my random thoughts on preaching from my 34 years as a senior pastor.
1. Boring preaching is criminal. The most important and amazing message in history and you are going to make it sound boring? Jail time.
2. It is hard for preaching to be boring if the preacher is excited about the text.
3. The preacher’s devotional life affects his preaching. Maybe you can get away with it for a while, but neglect time alone with God and preaching will suffer in the long run.
4. You can’t separate who you are from the task of preaching.
5. Preachers who read a lot Continue reading
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The title summarizes much of what passes for discourse and discussion today. We are more likely, it seems, to attack than converse. We tend to disagree so disagreeably. We appear to have lost the ability to have helpful conversations about areas where we may differ. This negatively affects us in our jobs, our families and our friendships.
Perhaps it is partially the result of media and social media. News shows have purveyors of opposing views talk over each other as though the best volume provides the best logic. Social media rewards demeaning attacks with attention and followers as though exclamation points make the point. Is there a better way?
James 1:19 provides some valuable insight for us. “Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger.” Here, God’s word gives us three ways to improve our Continue reading