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The “art” of preaching. Learn how you can better deliver your sermons in a way that engages your audience and calls them to action.

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…

Practical Ways Parents Can Help You Preach in Youth Ministry

Believe it or not, parents are one of the most valuable commodities in youth ministry.

Parent Volunteers

I know, sometimes they can feel more like a thorn in our side while we are trying to minister to “their” children. Yet, the truth is they hold the ability to minister to teenagers in ways that free you up to do what you can only do….preach! 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…

3 Tweaks for Impactful Sermon Illustrations

Illustrations are essential to any sermon. A great illustration, that is. It can take a person from “I think I sort of get it” to the “ah, I see exactly what you mean!” moment.

impactful sermon illustrations

In fact, illustrations are used by teachers, preachers, parents, or anyone who is trying to convey something to someone effectively.

It’s for this reason that in grade school we learned addition by adding one apple to three apples to get a total of four apples. Continue Reading…