Yesterday was a long and tiring day. But a very rewarding one. Today promises more of the same. I’m in Irving, Texas, at the Westside Church speaking at their annual Young Preachers’ Workshop.
For the past 11 years the Westside preacher, Mark Roberts, and Warren Berkley who preaches for the Laurel Heights Church in McAllen, Texas, have offered this annual two day workshop for young preachers. While the topics change each year, their stated mission is the same: “Training preachers to preach the Word effectively and powerfully.”
YPW is not designed for doctrinal discussion, theological debates, or textual Bible study. Rather, it is an equipping and training opportunity to help young men learn the “nuts and bolts” surrounding the work of preaching. It is not theoretical, but practical. Continue reading
A preacher was greeting folks at the door after the service. A woman said, “Preacher, that was a very good sermon.”
Modestly the preacher replied “Thank you, but I have to give the credit to the LORD.”
“Well, It wasn’t THAT good!” she responded.
What is a good sermon? Continue reading
“If you’re not offending someone, you’re not preaching the gospel,” wrote blogger Mike Duran.
His statement reminds me of an expression I remember hearing from older preachers many years ago, “Just preach the Truth and let the chips fall where they may.”
Now, I understand the gist of both comments. In fact, Mike correctly writes about occasions where Jesus’ preaching was offensive to the Pharisees, Sadducees, and political leaders of His day. He was also plain-spoken with Peter and the other apostles when they needed to be corrected or rebuked. Continue reading
The story is over 50 years old. But so am I! And it continues to make a good point. Supposedly it began with a letter to the editor of a local newspaper.
I notice that ministers seem to set a great deal of importance on their sermons and spend a great deal of time in preparing them. I have been attending services quite regularly for the past thirty years and during that time, if I estimate correctly, I have listened to no less than 3,000 sermons, but, to my consternation, I discover I cannot remember a single one of them. I wonder if a minister’s time might be more profitably spent on something else?
The subject line, with the above title, in my email inbox begged to be opened. No, it actually it screamed! “Open this email”
I wondered if I was guilty of neglecting three words that could improve my preaching. After all, it was a newsletter I receive weekly from “Better preaching.”
When I opened it and read the first two sentences, I had to chuckle. What were the three words? Continue reading
I thought this was a piece of satire when I first read it. But it’s true!
The Houston Chronicle reported that Houston Mayor Annise Parker signed off on subpoenas issued to five local preachers.
And what did the city and the Mayor want from the preachers? Continue reading
I love to preach. I have for over 40 years. It’s not only what I do. But it’s who I am. Preaching is as natural to me as breathing. It is more than a work. It is a calling. Preaching is satisfying. Gratifying. Fulfilling. But not because of some earthly or material goal. Preaching can make a difference in the lives of people. Both in time and in eternity. Continue reading
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