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    3 Ways to Recover from Christmas

    Christmas is a super busy time for pastors and church leaders. All the services and activities and expectations can weigh on us and make us unproductive for a season. I try to counteract this by sticking to a quick and easy plan starting the day after Christmas until the start of the next year. Here […]

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    3 Ways to Stretch Your Preaching Next Year

    3 Ways to Stretch Your Preaching Next Year

    I don’t know any pastors who, if they had the option, would choose to preach at the same level next year that they did this year. I’m sure there are some out there, but I’m confident you’re not one of them. Instead, I believe that you would choose to stretch your preaching next year. You […]

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    Free Download: 2019 Preaching Calendar (Excel and Numbers)

    2019 Preaching Calendar

    One of the most valuable things we can do for our church staff and volunteers who are involved with service planning and creating small group content (especially if that content is sermon-based) is to create a preaching calendar. This not only helps them, but it helps us tremendously. A preaching calendar, as I’m sure you already […]

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    The Antifragile Pastor

    The Antifragile Pastor

    What if hardships made you better? What if opposition and criticism energized you instead of drained you? Impossible? Think again. The Teacup and the Skeleton While engaged, my mom made me and my wife register for a set of china dishes… They’re the worst. You can’t put them in the dishwasher. You don’t use them […]

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    5 Great Ways to Continually Develop as a Preacher

    5 Great Ways to Continually Develop as a Preacher

    Do you want to develop as a preacher? Of course, you do. That’s why you’re reading this. But if you’re like most pastors, it’s hard to know where to start. Why? Because growing as a preacher can sometimes be too vague to know what to do. So that’s why we’re going to get specific on […]

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    Preaching Talent is Overrated? (The Surprising Truth)

    Preaching Talent is Overrated?

    What separates the best communicators from the rest? Is it simply God-given talent? A spiritual gift of teaching or prophecy? Is it personality? Or is it something else? These were the questions beginning to swirl around in my head as I read Geoff Colvin’s fascinating book, Talent is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody […]

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    3 Takeaways for Preaching in a Celebrity Preacher Culture

    I was a new youth pastor and had just preached my guts out at our Friday night service. I thought I’d done a good job. My wife was not impressed. Imitation “You just preached that sermon like ___________________ (a popular prof at the Bible college I’d just graduated from). You even sounded like him and […]

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    Tips For Preaching Well-Known Bible Verses

    Tips for Preaching Well-Known Bible Verses

    Every preacher knows the difficulty of preaching a Bible verse or passage that everyone has heard 100 sermons on. To be honest, sometimes I would rather tackle an obscure passage in Leviticus or some touchy topic than preaching John 3:16 or Psalm 23. What do you say that hasn’t been said on these and a […]