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Speed Bumps to Avoid in Your Sermon Introduction

In the last post, I listed some examples of attention-getting introductions.  This month I want to offer some warnings about potential momentum stoppers, or as I call them “speed bumps” in the introduction.

Speed bumps to Sermon Intro's

Speed Bumps are meant to slow you down while driving through neighborhoods and parking lots.  While we certainly want them in those places, you don’t want them in your sermon introductions.

Put another way, there are things you can say that slow down the momentum that a good sermon introduction is supposed to create.  Let’s consider three common examples: Continue Reading…

What Does Prayer Have to do With Preaching?

Guest post by Dustin Anderson.

Prayer and Preaeching

If you look for resources on the importance of prayer in sermon preparation, you’ll find surprisingly little. There are many resources that help with structure, technique, and delivery but not much on prayer as a means of sermon preparation. Craft and delivery are important, but what is the role of prayer in sermon preparation? How do prayer and preaching intersect? Continue Reading…

5 Toxic Behaviors in the Pulpit

Preaching can be powerful when the pastor is fully submitted to the Lord and fully committed to pursuing excellence in the pulpit. Sadly, not every pastor meets these criteria.

Never do this during preaching

Over the course of a lifetime, pressures mount, circumstances change, and hearts can be led astray. When this happens to a pastor, the result can be an ugly mess that leaves a battered congregation in its wake. Continue Reading…

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5 Challenging Questions To Ask Yourself Before Preaching to Teenagers

The one thing I have always respected in my tenure as a youth pastor is the youth worker or speaker who takes the necessary time and preparation before getting up to speak to teens.

preaching to teenagers, youth

Some don’t see it as an importance and will get up and wing it every time. I find this a bit offensive being that I believe students deserve our best foot forward every time we step into that pulpit. Continue Reading…