3 Simple Steps to an Encouraging Hospital Visit

So what should actually do when you visit someone in the hospital? What actions will encourage and comfort the person you are visiting? Here are three steps. They each start with “P” to help you remember. 1. Presence. Just being there is a tremendous encouragement. Years later, the person will not remember the conversation you [...]

Shepherd Links – 7/28

Prophet Links Why Should a Pastor Preach through Whole Books of the Bible? Priest Links How Do Word and Deed Ministry Fit Together for a Church? Why You Need to Know Your Culture King Links Why Creativity is Important for Ministry, and How to Do It What Does Gospel-Centered Leadership Look Like?

The Prophet, Priest, and King Ministry of the Apostles in Acts 6

If your priorities in ministry are out of whack, there is no better place for you to turn than Acts 6:1-6. The pastor’s single priority is a triune priority. We are to shepherd God’s flocks as prophets, priests, and kings. One priority in the three, three priorities in one. In Acts 6, the apostles model [...]

5 Surprising Reasons Expository Preaching Makes Sermon Prep Easy

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Many pastors today go for shortcuts when it comes to preparing sermons. Such backstreets include swiping sermons from other preachers, visiting websites with prefabricated sermons, or purchasing Bibles with sermon outlines right in them. These pastors don’t realize their shortcuts lead to a dead end alley. With their back to an unexpected brick wall, these [...]

Shepherd Links – 7/21

Prophet Links Pastors: Fight for the Time to Read! The longer you’re in ministry, the more responsibility you assume, and the harder it is to find time to read. Preventing Heresy in Your Small Group Preventing heresy is usually a good thing. Priest Links 7 Tips for Preaching a Stranger’s Funeral You Might Be Envious If… Not that [...]

Evangelistic Preaching 101: How to Reach the Lost from Your Pulpit

David Murray recently finished a challenging and helpful series on evangelistic preaching. I commend each one of his posts to you. 1. What Is Evangelistic Preaching? 2. Four Kinds of Evangelistic Sermons 3. Why Is Evangelistic Preaching So Rare Today? 4. Four Characteristics of Evangelistic Preaching 5. Four (More) Characteristics of Evangelistic Preaching

Shepherd Links – 7/14

Prophet Links An Interview with Craig Blomberg on Jesus and the Reliability of the Gospels Deep Meaning, Right on the Surface Don’t let OT commentators steer you from preaching the OT like a Christian. Priest Links How do you encourage a widow whose husband has been gone for many years? Some Proven Weapons in the Fight [...]

How to Saturate Your Sermon with Application Without Sacrificing Doctrine and Exegesis

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There are three common factors that cause preachers to quarantine application to a mere few corners of their sermon. One is the misconception that application and doctrine is a zero sum game. The more you have of one, the less you have of the other. As we will see, that isn’t true. A second is [...]

A Shot of Trinitarian Theology from D.A. Carson

From Carson’s commentary on John 5:19 in his commentary on that gospel in the Pillar series: “Not only does the Son always do what pleases the Father (8:29), but he can do only what he sees his Father doing.  In this sense the relationship between the Father and the Son is not reciprocal. It is [...]

Shepherd Links – 7/7

Prophet Links Cutthroat Preaching A graphic description of what we do with the word on Sunday mornings. Preaching Summer School Want to raise your preaching game this summer? These two free, online classes have been a huge help for my growth as a preacher: Preaching Christ in a Postmodern World, co-taught by Tim Keller and Edmund [...]

3 Interesting Versions of the 3-Point Sermon Outline, Part 2

(This is a follow up to a post I did a few months ago: “3 Interesting Versions of the 3-Point Sermon Outline.” If you’ve used those so much that they’re boring now, here’s three more.) Preaching the same kind of sermon every week is like a having good friends over, and cooking them the same [...]

10 Tips on Solving Mysterious Bible Passages from Sherlock Holmes

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If you didn’t see it yesterday, go check out my guest post at Trevin Wax’s blog, “10 Tips on Solving Mysterious Bible Passages from Sherlock Holmes.” It got a lot love on Twitter and Facebook, and just enough hate in the comments. Here’s the intro: “What can a fictional detective teach you about how to study the Bible? [...]