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Best Book I Read in June

It was the title that first caught my attention while I was browsing the Moody Publishing booth at their Pastors Conference—“On Being a Pastor.” Then the name Begg. Alistair Begg. I thought to myself, Yes, that’d be quite interesting to see what he thinks about being a pastor. But I was wrong. This book by […]

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Two Smells in Every Sermon

It’s no secret I’ve got nose issues. From cat allergies to seasonal reactions to periodic colds, sometimes I think this snoz of mine is my “thorn in the flesh.” Add to that the way our sinuses react when our emotions get involved—i.e., our nose runs when our eyes tear up—well, preaching for me can sometimes […]

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On Being a “Good” Minister

All pastors want to be effective. Helpful. In a word, beneficial. In fact, if making an impact on those around us weren’t at least one of our purposes, most of us would not even consider ministry. Sure, we aim to please Christ first, but all of us would willingly admit we want to help others […]

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Our Little [dorky] Preacher Boy

“Did I really look that dorky?” That’s exactly what I first thought when I saw that picture you’re chuckling at even now. It was tucked inside a birthday card I received from my parents a few weeks back marking my 50th birthday, and man, what a laugh I got at my own expense. So go […]

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Hygienic Teaching: What it Means to Teach “Sound Doctrine”

Three times in the Pastoral Epistles Paul references “sound teaching” (I Timothy 1:10, 2 Timothy 4:3, Titus 1:9). But exactly what does “sound teaching” mean? And how does one go about it? First, some language forensics. The word for “sound” is the basis for our American word “hygiene” or “hygienic,” and the word for “teaching” […]

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When It Comes to Preaching: Platform and Delivery

[Read Part 1 “When It Comes to Preaching: Long-Term Prep] [Read Part 2 “When It Comes to Preaching: Short-Term Prep] Pulpit/Platform Delivery Though I scribble on lots of paper throughout the week, even at times writing out paragraphs or sections, and though I am on my computer a lot, hammering out several pages of notes […]

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When It Comes to Preaching: Short-Term Prep

[Read Part 1 “When It Comes to Preaching: Long-Term Prep”] Preparation Short-Term When I say “short-term,” I’m referring to the task of preparing to preach on a regular basis month after month. This is why I take a 4-week approach to preaching, studying each week for what is in the queue for the next month. Because my […]

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When it Comes to Preaching: Long-Term Prep

When it comes to preaching, an area I’m asked about most often by young preachers and wanna-be pastors concerns preparation. Questions like, “How do you get a sermon ready?” “What kind of notes do you make?” “What do you take with you to the platform?” and “How far ahead do you study?” are examples of […]

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Q Zone: Where in Scripture…

After a recent message on the biblical basis for the church gathering (click here to hear it), a listener asked… Q: Where is the role of a preacher defined in the Bible (as we understand the role in today’s church)? A: In my opinion, the best and clearest text that defines and supports the role […]

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