Archives for February 2013

6 Ways to Preach with Passion (Hint: Yelling Isn’t One of Them)

Many preachers are like a light switch when it comes to passion, it’s either flipped on or off, either talking or yelling. To more effectively use passion in your preaching, think of it as a dimmer switch with various levels of passion and smooth transitions from one to the other. Calvin Miller, in his book Preaching: […]

Shepherd Links – 2/23

Prophet Links Why the Afterlife Bores Us From Russell Moore: “We’re glad we’re not going to hell or to oblivion. But most of our songs and sermon mentions are about that first few moments in heaven: when we see Jesus, when we’re reunited with our loved ones, and so on. It’s like the happy ending […]

Shepherd Links – 2/16

Prophet Links Why Study Church History? Getting Beyond American-Evangelical Amnesia From Don Sweeting: “Our culture disposes us to a short term memory. We’re a relatively young nation. We are present-oriented. And when it comes to the past, we have amnesia.  Sadly, American Evangelicalism does not escape these trends. So what’s the benefit of studying history?  It’s […]

Suffering for the Gospel in Unity with Jesus

Part of what makes suffering in ministry hard is the loneliness you feel in the midst of the difficulty. For this reason, I am comforted by the New Testament passages that show our suffering in ministry is not apart from Christ, but in unity with him. According to the New Testament, Jesus suffers with his […]

Shepherd Links – 2/2

Prophet Links 5 Reasons Why Christians Need to Hear the Gospel From David Murray: “In his opening chapter of Preaching Christ from the Old Testament, Sidney Greidanus lists five reasons for preaching Christ today.” Preaching to the Collective Heart From Tim Keller: “Recently, a couple of books and websites have referenced me as a good example […]