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According to Pew Research Center, Americans view the impact of religious institutions more positively than colleges, labor unions, banks, or the media, and their reputation has changed little during the political shifts over the past few years.
It doesn’t have to be a mic drop moment. It doesn’t have to be outrageous or over the top or shocking. It just has to incite curiosity.
What are the basic elements of biblical preaching?
How do you know you’re preaching a Christian sermon and not simply giving a religious or spiritual lecture?
One of the most frequent questions I get is how to keep up with culture. My stock answer is to read voraciously. Then the follow-up comes: How can I become a better reader?
Was he against it, before he was for it? Is he really against it now?
The ordeal experienced last week by popular author Eugene Peterson was agonizing to observe, largely self-inflicted, and virtually inevitable. You should pay close attention to it, for you might very well be next.
God reveals himself through his Word. When he speaks, he teaches us what he is like, how he acts, and how he desires us to respond. As a whole, the Bible is about God. It’s about God the Father displaying his glory through God the Son by the power of God the Holy Spirit.
I have noticed a trend toward equating “prophetic preaching” with a confrontational, rough and tough style of delivery. It is a little less than what was once called a “hellfire and brimstone” sermon. Maybe it is closer to what was once called a “toe-stomping” sermon. I have inquired about the fascination with such prophetic preaching and it seems to be praised as preaching that “keeps it real,” or “convicts.” Of course I have only inquired with those who have prefer this style. I can’t seem to get much out of those who are impervious to homiletic broadsides.
Churches have three main options for reaching millennials (those born 1981–2001). When I consult with churches, I usually recommend the first, and sometimes the second, but never the third because it’s the one that doesn’t work.
After giving away a few thousands books–dealing with the ministry, history, cartooning, and a hundred other subjects–I’ve pared down my collection to a stark 500 or so. And, painful though it is, I’m still trying to shrink that number.
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