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What A Dolphin Cruise Taught Me About Preaching

My oldest child loves dolphins. Let me rephrase that. My oldest child is amazed, enthralled, and obsessed with dolphins. This summer, while on family vacation, I shelled out just south of $100 so the family could see dolphins up close on a “guaranteed to see ’em” dolphin cruise. The Pearson Five woke up early, got ready, ate breakfast, greased up spots showing skin, and drove the half hour to the designated departure area. Excitement was high. Anticipation was brewing. Thoughts and discussion of seeing dolphins jump and swim and show their fins and blow water out of the holes on...

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Preaching the Funeral of an Unbeliever

If you pastor long enough, you will eventually be asked to preach the funeral for someone who died without Christ. No funeral is easy or fun. Knowing you have to speak to the family and friends on behalf of one who passed into eternity without Jesus can be excruciating. However, it can be a unique and effective time to do real, raw Gospel ministry. When this opportunity presents itself, keep these 3 thoughts in mind: 1. Honor the deceased and comfort the family. This is a primary goal of every funeral you preach, believer or unbeliever. The deceased was made...

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How To Move On After You Bomb a Sermon

It’s never fun. In fact, it’s painful. You preach an awful sermon. You lay the proverbial egg. Sometimes it doesn’t hit you until after the message is preached. Most times, however, it comes right in the middle – when you realize the congregation isn’t with you and you aren’t with them. It’s then you want a redo. You want to go back to the study. You want to wrap it up and let everyone get on with their day. You feel like you are stirring wet cement that is getting harder and harder by the second. At the first church...

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Dealing With Distractions

I will never forget it. It was in the tiny, old sanctuary of the first church I pastored in Amite, Louisiana. A young boy was acting up in the middle of the sermon. I was preaching away, doing my best to press through, and┬áleaving it to mom and dad to handle the young lad’s obvious misbehavior. Dad handled it alright. In the middle of the sermon, the dad stood, grabbed his son by the arm, and yanked the now terrified boy out of his pew. The two went down the aisle and out the back of the sanctuary. But neither...

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Extending the Invitation

Hopefully, you don’t preach just to hear yourself talk. You want to influence those who listen to you. You preach because you’re called, and you’re called in order to make an eternal impact. Therefore, you don’t want to give a nice “talk” that people aren’t challenged to do anything with and forget about on their way to lunch at the Cracker Barrel. You want to invite them to respond. You want to give an opportunity for your hearers to react to what the Spirit of God is doing in their hearts as a result of the preached Word. Let me...

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Don’t Forget Bubba

Sure. You want to exegete and explain the text. Sure. You want the people in the pew to know and trust that you have done your homework. Sure. You want to put to good use the tools you learned at seminary. Sure. There are big theological words that you want to make sure your congregation understands. Sure. You want to communicate what a phrase means “in the original.” Sure. You want an eloquent four-pointer that alliterates. I get it. I do too. But don’t forget Bubba.

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The Preacher’s Sunday Morning Routine

Every preacher is different. But every preacher should have a routine leading up to the preaching event. A habitual Sunday morning routine helps remove anxiety, prevent additional distractions, and adds confidence. Having a routine on Sunday morning is like a ritual you perform to be mentally, spiritually, emotionally, and physically prepared when its time to open your Bible before your congregation. In addition, getting up early and accomplishing things helps you both feel and be successful. Tim Ferris, who has interviewed hundreds about their morning routines, writes: “if you win the morning, you win the day.” (Tools of Titans –...

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