It is the Spirit that takes the Word of God as the seed, sows it in hearts, and makes them live.
It’s best for both the health of a church and its pastor for him to dig in and stay
Following a pastor who has run well is only a problem for those who lack the character or the stamina to do the same.
How should a preacher handle the occasional failure even after extensive study and spiritual preparation?
I am a shepherd who preaches, not a preacher who shepherds. In other words, I am not merely a Bible teacher exegeting the text, but a pastor walking through life with the people I serve and applying the texts I exegete.
Change occurs through people. People follow leaders, and leaders know the value of relationship.
Pastors who try to reap the dividends of authority without making the investment of credibility will quickly find themselves in a leadership deficit.
I have been there, and I know it’s not fun, but in retrospect I think I learned more about honoring Christ with my life during that time than at any other.
How long should a sermon be? As a preaching professor and a pastor, I’ve asked and been asked that question a hundred times. You can preach as long as you hold their attention.
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Striking the right tone, like all aspects of preaching, requires persistent vigilance.
I recently met with about 80 contractors who will be working on a new building for the church I serve as pastor. I introduced myself and the 200-year history of our church, told them about our mission to glorify God by proclaiming Jesus Christ and serving others, and then I turned it over to our…