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Created on Tuesday, 23 September 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Phil Cooke, preaching, hardcore, sin, hell, punishment, grace, insensitive, pastors, writers, culture, Christian message, priority, truth
We're seeing a lot of criticism recently of pastors, writers, speakers, filmmakers as well as others about how they share the Christian message with the outside culture. Some are criticized for making ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 18 September 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Phil Cooke, delivery, message, distractions, cable network, Facebook, social media, media messages, cell, wifi, radio, TV, short wave, competition
Now before you crucify me for heresy, let me explain. My father was a pastor back in the 1950s and 1960s, and compared to today, getting his message out was easy. Church was a big part of life back then, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 03 July 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Sherman Haywood Cox, Soul Preaching, pastor, sermon, copy, verbatim, Sunday morning, congregation, message, decent, piece together, copy, illustrations, verbatim, credit, ingenious, Charles Spurgeon, ...
You have less than a day, and you have waited until it is very late. At this point you have a few options and none of them are good. 1. Try to piece something together very quickly. I know of preachers ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 19 June 2014 / Community
Tags: Justin Lathrop, wide, deep, balance, watered-down, gospel, knowledge, vocabulary, message, programs, pastors, calling, unchurched, teach, challenge
There are two requirements set on pastors and their churches, and they seem to be contradictory: Our churches must simultaneously go deep and wide. Here's what I mean by that: When I listen to people talk ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 12 June 2014 / Media
Tags: Phil Cooke, medium, television, Christian, message, churches, ministries, nonprofits, Nielsen, cable, satellite, America's Last Great Campfire, worldwide web, statistics
... research firm Nielsen, here's some interesting new facts: The average home in America now receives 189 television channels. It's a significant increase from 2008, when the average home received 129 channels. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 28 May 2014 / Youth
Tags: Greg Stier, youth, leader, character, traits, yield, detour, unpopular message, teach, rest stop, reset, relax, prayer, school zone, Dare 2 Share
As I travel down the youth ministry highway, I get the privilege of encountering a lot of excellent youth leaders along the way. As I speed along, it's hard not to notice the signs of youth leaders who ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 15 May 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Sherman Cox, preaching, humanity, role, Bible, message, Word, terminology, vernacular
Some believe that preaching preparation is where the preacher goes off to talk to God with Bible in hand. Then God gives a message to the preacher. Then the preacher comes to the people without altering ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 17 April 2014 / Community
Tags: Scott Attebery, guests, visitors, church, clean up, communication, facilities, hospitality, message sign, concert posters, facilities and grounds
Growing up, any time guests were coming to visit, we would “clean house” to get ready. The more important the guest, the more we cleaned up. Every church (no matter the size, median age, location or resources) ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 11 April 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Sherman Haywood Cox II, preacher, prepared, sermon, minimum, mistake, timidity, confidence, Dr. Brad Braxton, pulpit, message, Spirit, manuscript
One question that I often hear is, “When is my sermon ready to preach?” This question comes from many types of preachers. Some are those who allow the demands of ministry to overcome their need to preach ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 03 April 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Sherman Haywood Cox II, preaching, Word, orator, prophet, talent, James Earl Jones, Praise God, messages, inspire, push change, patronizing, sin, African-American tradition
In the book Sacred Art: Preaching and Theology in the African-American Tradition, Olin Moyd quotes Peter T. Forsyth, who said, “The Christian preacher is not the successor of the Greek orator, but of the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 13 March 2014 / Youth
Tags: Brandon Early, Simply Youth Ministry, too long, too boring, teaching, communicate, message, trust, parents, short attention span, Jesus, speaking skills, edification, rambling, unconnected
I have been teaching and speaking for a couple decades now, and I am still growing. While I have not figured out how to give a perfect talk week after week, I do have a list of misses to avoid when teaching. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 18 February 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Rick Warren, preach, sermons, conclusion, Christ, gospel, message, summarize, redemption, emotional intensity, specific response, personal, opportunity, commitment
Some of the greatest preachers in history were great at introducing and delivering sermons but poor at closing them. We preach Christ, and we preach a gospel that calls for commitment, so powerful preaching ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 07 February 2014 / Marketplace
Tags: Joseph Mattera, marketplace, kingdom message, politics, economics, education, family, religion, arts/entertainment, science, misunderstandings, extreme teachings
Almost everywhere I go, believers are attempting to apply the kingdom message to influence the cultural mountains, which are described as the major areas we need to influence in order to transform society: ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 27 November 2013 / Married
Tags: Predicament, Marsha Fisher, Inside Out Ministries, Porn to Purity, computer, authority, secret, sexual sin, destructive message, counselor
Consider this predicament: Your boss, the company CEO, has given you a high-level project. After a few months on the job, you discover that your new responsibilities involve falsifying records. Not ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 19 November 2013 / Pastoring
Tags: Colonel Sanders, Joe McKeever, preachers, Bible study, message, humorous lines, Holy Spirit, personal conviction, Haddon Robinson, will, unprepared, voice of the Lord
I had planned my Bible study message for the little interdenominational group that meets each Wednesday in a local restaurant. I knew what “the Lord laid on my heart” and had gone over it earlier ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 18 November 2013 / Preaching
Tags: Ron Edmondson, sermon, weekly, thoughts, preaching, preparation, topic, message, identify
Great (God) thought. I love it. This will preach. Why did I pick this topic? This message stinks! I wish I had another week. It’s coming together. Now that’ll preach. Let’s do this! I wish I had said it ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 04 November 2013 / Preaching
Tags: limitless life, Brandon Cox, power, preaching, Derwin Gray, child of God, conqueror, redeemed, brokenness, cross, sermon, message
Last Sunday, we wrapped up our teaching in the series Limitless Life, based on the book by Derwin Gray by the same title. The basic idea is that we are all limited by the labels we wear. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 17 October 2013 / Evangelism
Tags: Hal Seed, outside the box, unsaved, unchurched, pastor, Craig Groeschel, comedian, church service, empowerment, preaching, grace, biblical message, invitation, laughter, risk
I’m sure I’m not the only pastor who’s been rocked by Craig Groeschel’s famous statement that, “If you want to reach people you’re not currently reaching you’re going to have to do things you’re not currently ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 23 August 2013 / Preaching
Tags: Greg Atkinson, preaching, plan, pastors, message, sermon, worship leader, 9/11, synergy, bi-vocational, volunteer, retreat, series
Everywhere I go, I hear that song playing. It’s on TV, radio, at ball games, in convenient stores—all over. It’s gotten stuck in my head. So I started thinking on the title and reflecting on past experiences ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 03 July 2013 / Preaching
Tags: Rick Warren, preaching, response, Christians, Bible, James, God's Word, sermon, prepared, verdict, commitment, message, challenge, mind, heart, will
The Bible is clear that Christians must be “doers of the Word and not hearers only,” (James 1:22) so it’s clear that our responsibility as pastors and preachers of the Word is to challenge people to do ... [ +++ ]
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