Shepherd Links – 6/30

Prophet Links Reflections from an Itinerant Preacher “This year has been a different one for me. Ever since I’ve begun the process of church planting, I’ve been an itinerant preacher. Most Sundays I’m visiting a different church and sharing God’s Word.” Priest Links Evangelistic Churches and the MPI One of those key factors that distinguishes [...]

5 Laws for the First Sentence of Your Sermon

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So often the hardest part of preaching is getting the darn thing started. You feel pressure to garner attention, to start with momentum, and to introduce your text. Sometimes these compete with each other. If your text isn’t the most riveting passage of the Bible, how can you introduce it and demand attention? Here are [...]

My Philosophy of Ministry in 4 Words, Drawn on a Napkin

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If you want to be a complete pastor, you gotta do all three.

Shepherd Links – 6/23

Prophet Links When Has a Preacher Crossed the Line into Plagiarism? 22 Rules of Storytelling According to Pixar Also could have been titled, “22 Ways to Add Narrative Tension to Your Sermon.” Priest Links Ministry Can Be Dangerous From Tim Keller: “By its very nature, Christian leadership involves extolling the glory and beauty of God above all [...]

The Minimalist Pastoral Library: 19 Book Recommendations for Those Starting Out

There are a million books on ministry out there. What few books will help you the most, right away? If you are just starting to build your library, this list will point you in some helpful directions. If you have a growing library, perhaps a recommendation or two will reveal a title that you haven’t [...]

A Formula for Sermon Illustrations That Always Work

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It’s deflating when you tell an illustration and it falls as flat as last week’s Diet Coke. You thought it was a jaw-dropper, but it turned out to be an eye-drooper. What changes can you make to your illustrations so you can tell them with more power? I’ve been working on ebook on illustrations that [...]

Shepherd Links – 6/16

Prophet Links Tuning the Preacher’s Ear: How good reading helps good preaching. Answering Objections In Sermons On Dead Sermons A one paragraph post that’s short and to the point. The Right Perspective for All Who Teach God’s Word Priest Links How Pastor-Counselors Differ from Secular Counselors Pastoral Apologetics Great little video that applies to counseling. Generous [...]

How to Hack Your Introversion and Warmly Visit Someone in the Hospital (Even If You’ve Never Met)

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I can still remember my first hospital visit. I was a new pastor at a big church. No one knew me and I didn’t know anyone. Fears swarmed my mind. What do I say that will bring comfort to this person? What Scripture do I read? How do I even introduce myself? All these questions [...]

Shepherd Links – 6/9

Before I get to the links, I’d like to share some exciting news! My wife and I welcomed our third child into our family on Thursday. Our new daughter is beautiful and healthy, and Mom is doing great! We now have children of ages 3 1/2, 1 1/2, and 2 days. Yikes. Pray for us! [...]

Do You Make These 5 Common Word Study Mistakes?

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You know that dad who veers off the road to the vacation destination to take his family to some random tourist trap? That’s what preachers do when they take their congregation through a bad word study. The preacher waxes eloquently while the tortured pew-sitters ask themselves, “What in the world are we doing here?” The [...]

10 Apps I Couldn’t Do Ministry Without

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If you’re looking to boost your productivity this week, here are ten apps I use all the time, and highly recommend to you. I use a MacBook Pro, so many of these apps are Mac only. 1. Accordance What it does: Accordance is a Bible software program that puts the most important references books from [...]

Shepherd Links – 6/2

Prophet Links How Can I Know If I’m Called to Preach Spurgeon said that if you can avoid going into ministry, stay away. Here’s your chance. Pastors Pursuing a Ph. D.? Some things to consider before you bite that bullet. What Shall I Preach on Next? This article reflects several important priorities for edifying pulpit [...]

How Paul’s Letter to the Philippians Fits Together

This summer, as our senior pastor, Josh Moody, takes his study leave, the rest of us pastors will be filling the pulpit on Sunday mornings, preaching through Philippians. It’s my habit to write a thematic outline of a book before I preach through it. The aim of such an outline is to determine what the [...]