Preaching Best Practice: The Message Run-Through (Part 1 of 2)

One of my mantras has become, “Never preach a message once.” And preaching it in multiple services during the same weekend doesn’t count. Your first service is not your trial run. If you want to increase the effectiveness of your preaching, you absolutely must develop the habit of doing a weekly message run-through — that is, the habit of preaching … Read More


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Why Educated Christians Are Sticking With Church

Today’s guest post comes to us from Emma Green for TheAtlantic.com. The idea is peppered through the writings of scholars, great thinkers, and New Atheist-types: Education is the cure for religion. Freud wrote that civilization “has little to fear from educated people and brain-workers” who have rejected religion. And “if religious instruction were not allowed until the child had attained … Read More


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Sunday Scripture: Equipping Others

“He is the one who gave these gifts to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ.” – Ephesians 4:11-12 (NLT)


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Sunday Scripture: Joyful Servant

“Then I heard the Lord asking, ‘Whom should I send as a messenger to my people? Who will go for us?’ And I said, ‘Lord, I’ll go! Send me.“ –  Isaiah 6:7-8 (NLT)


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4 Diagnostic Questions for Every Sermon

Today’s guest post comes to us from Daniel Fusco for PreachingToday.com. We asked a younger preacher (Daniel Fusco) and a veteran preacher of almost 25 years (Matt Woodley, Editor of PreachingToday.com) to weigh in on the four basics of every good sermon. Think of them as four simple, routine, diagnostic questions that will help you prepare every sermon. It’s like going … Read More


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Sunday Scripture: Staying Focused

“All of us must quickly carry out the tasks assigned us by the one who sent me, because there is little time left before the night falls and all work comes to an end.” – John 9:4 (NLT)


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Billy Sunday on Greatness

“It is not necessary to be in a big place to do big things.” – Billy Sunday, American Evangelist


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Sunday Scripture: Seeking God’s Counsel

“If you need wisdom – if you want to know what God wants you to do – ask him, and he will gladly tell you. He will not resent your asking.” – James 1:5 (NLT)


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The Importance of Sleep

Pastors should view sleep differently than the average person. For us, sleep is not the end of today; it is vital preparation for what God has in store for us tomorrow. Here are five diagnostic questions to ask yourself: 1.  How much sleep do I need? The average ideal goal is seven to eight hours each night. You need to … Read More


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