I’ve seen a lot of growth in the blog during 2012, so to all of you who have read, shared, linked to, and emailed my posts this year: thank you!
In case you missed them – or would like to reread them – here is a list of the top ten articles at Pastoralized in 2012. Enjoy!
10. 40 Lessons I’ve Learned about Preaching after My 400th Sermon One of the joys of preaching is that it presents the challenge of getting better every week. Here are the top 40 ways I’m trying to raise my game based on the preaching experience the Lord has graciously provided me.
9. The Best 3 Places to Find Sermon Illustrations: From Jay Z to Brian Regan to (Almost) Plagiarizing Where do you find sermon illustrations? Not just any illustrations, but high quality illustrations? These three places have provided the best ones for me.
8. What it Means to Be an Entrepreneurial Pastor Entrepreneurship is one of the new, hot characteristics pastors are claiming for themselves. But many operate, I am afraid, on the wrong definition of an entrepreneur. Because they focus more on personality than skills, more and more pastors are slapping an “E” on their uniform, but can’t play ball. The entrepreneurial attitude has inaccurately been equated with extroversion and riskiness.
7. The Pastors Guide to Twitter: 10 Tweets to Impact Your Church Not knowing what to tweet is a common obstacle for pastors who want to impact their church through Twitter. Without a plan, your tweets will lack purpose, or you won’t tweet at all. These ten suggestions will enable you to intentionally lead your church through Twitter.
6. The Value of Sermon Introductions: How to Stop Giving Your Congregation Theological Whiplash Over eagerness will cause a pastor to go from theological 0 to 60 in 5.2 sentences, and thus inflict the congregation with serious whiplash. As a pastor, you’ve had 5.2 days to ramp up to 60. If you’re an associate pastor, you may have had 5.2 weeks. The crux of the issue is that if a flock only eats their pastor’s dust, they will be spiritually malnourished, no matter how theologically rich the sermon is.
5. 10 Benefits of Ebooks that Will Surprise You 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.
4. Pastoral Idolatry: 10 Common Forms of False Righteousness in Ministry 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?
3. 10 Reasons Why Physical Books Are Still Better than Digital Books After 8 months of experimenting with digital books on my iPad, I’ve determined that I still like physical books more. Here’s ten reasons why.
2. How to Build a Do it Yourself, Ikea-Hacked Stand Up Desk After reading about how hazardous it is to your health to sit all day long (like here and here), I started to look into stand up desks. The problem is that most of them are really expensive, and really ugly – an acceptable combination only when it comes to big dogs.
1. How to Preach Like John Piper Without Sounding Like Him This is not an article about copying John Piper’s preaching style so that you can be a great preacher, too. The goal here is to learn what makes Piper’s preaching so great, and then to apply those things ourselves so that we can preach a little better, and so our congregation will be helped a little more.