Shepherd Links – 3/31

It was a pretty light week on the link front. I hope you enjoy the few that made it. Prophet Links 10 Tips on Preparing and Preaching for Easter The Benefit of Using Slang in Preaching May I suggest always referring to your congregation as your peeps? Priest Links The Power of Personal Invitation 82% of […]

Want to Become a Better Preacher? This is the Conference for You

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If you want to improve as a preacher, I can suggest nothing better than attending a Workshop on Biblical Exposition, offered by the Simeon Trust. While these conferences are held all over the country, I’d like to invite you to the one held at College Church in Wheaton, IL, May 9-12. This year’s conference This year’s […]

3 Things Photographers Can Teach You about Developing an Eye for Sermon Illustrations

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“I just can’t find any good illustrations.” “I just can’t think up any good illustrations.” Those were my top two excuses for not prioritizing illustrations in my early preaching days. I wonder if you feel that way, too. The solution is not finding illustrations when you need them, but to find them before you need them. Thing […]

Shepherd Links – 3/24

Prophet Links Creativity, Excellence…and Patience Good news for those of you who are regularly disappointed in your preaching. Keep at it. You’ll improve over time. Half Are Always Below Average But remember the most of us will be average preachers, if that. Dr. Mohler’s 2012 Book Recommendations for Preachers The Challenge of Preaching Christ in […]

A Brief Explanation of the Active and Passive Righteousness of Christ

I know I have been on a T.F. Torrance kick recently. I promise I’ll lay off after this one. But I thought this was pretty good, and straight to the point. By active obedience is meant the positive fulfillment of God’s saving will in the whole life of Jesus in his sonship. From the very […]

Pastoral Idolatry: 10 Common Forms of False Righteousness in Ministry

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Brothers, we are all idolaters. If Calvin was right when he said that our hearts are idol factories, and he was, then pastors are no exception. Which insufficient form of righteousness are you guilty of seeking from ministry? Or – if you are like me – which one are you not guilty of seeking? 1. […]

Shepherd Links – 3/17

Prophet Links The Theological Commons A digital library of 50,022 books on theology and religion. How does a pastor encourage the elderly, while teaching the younger in his congregation? Actually, the Crack Cocaine of Acceptance Being addicted to acceptance, as a preacher, will reduce your freedom in preaching. Priest Links Should I Divorce If I’m Miserable? […]

The Twin Signs of Jesus’ Virgin Birth and Virgin Tomb

“The virgin birth cannot be considered in abstraction from the triumphant consummation of Christ’s life in his resurrection, for it is there that the mystery of his person is revealed. In fact the birth of Jesus of the virgin Mary and the resurrection of Jesus from the virgin tomb (‘where no one had ever yet been laid’) […]

Shepherd Links – 3/10

Prophet Cross Plough “Industriousness lies at the base of pulpit power.” 20 Tips on How to Use Commentaries Priest The Lord’s Supper: How Often? An F5 Revival Doug Wilson on why liturgy appeals to the unregenerate. Why Imposters Love the Church On a related note… 6 Dramatic Trends Your Church May Be Ignoring Why Community Is a […]

7 Things Every Pastor-In-Training Should Know (And Every Pastor-Out-of-Training Should Be Reminded Of)

There are a million things you should know as you prepare to go into ministry. Here are seven that have been on my mind this week. 1. Unlike your professors, your congregation will not care what commentators you’ve read and whether or not you agree with them. Ever. 2. Some of the people you will […]

The Best 3 Places to Find Sermon Illustrations: From Jay Z to Brian Regan to (Almost) Plagiarizing

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Pastors are always on the hunt for sermon illustrations. But perhaps you’ve noticed that illustrations from “sermon illustration books” and websites feel like you’re wearing someone else’s clothes. You have to do some tailoring to make them fit right. But even as you tell the reshaped story, it still doesn’t feel like yours. The power […]

Shepherd Links – 3/3

Prophet Links The Trinity and Preaching By and large, the evangelical church is not robustly trinitarian. This will change starting in our pulpits. Getting Into the Pulpit, and Letting Fly A great quote offered via Doug Wilson. Top 10 Biblical Priorities for Every Pastor…Revealed Brian Croft finishes off the list he started a couple weeks ago. Second Century […]

10 Benefits of Ebooks that Will Surprise You

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Did you know that ebooks are even better than you think? There are obvious benefits to ebooks, with lower prices and portability topping out the list. But in my use of ebooks, I have noticed other benefits that I haven’t seen anyone mention yet. You may be thinking, “Is this the same guy who gave […]