Birthing your Sermon

Birthing your Sermon

Rock Stars My wife was a birthing rock star. As she progressed through the pains of labor all the way to that last exhausting push – after each of our four kids, she emerged glowing and proud – a smile on her face that seemed to welcome the challenge of delivery as...
Three Key Elements To Telling An Effective Story

Three Key Elements To Telling An Effective Story

We all have stories. Stories that open up old wounds exposing the raw pain that lies underneath. Stories that make us feel unworthy, unloved and unwanted. Our temptation is to keep it buried, so we can avoid the hurt and emptiness. No matter what our story, the...
Referencing Current Films + TV Shows In Sermons

Referencing Current Films + TV Shows In Sermons

“The kingdom of heaven is like . . .” And here begins a common phrase used by Jesus to introduce his popular way of teaching to his disciples and the crowds around him. “The kingdom of heaven is like . . . treasure hidden in a field .  . . a merchant looking for fine...
Break Up with Writer’s Block

Break Up with Writer’s Block

You’ve been sitting there, staring at your screen for the last half-hour. And all you can think about is coffee…and when you’re supposed to get your oil changed again, and what you’ll eat for dinner…except that you’re supposed to be writing your next sermon. Welcome...
Your Next Unique Sermon Is Closer Than You Think

Your Next Unique Sermon Is Closer Than You Think

Assuming you take two weeks off a year (can I recommend you take even more weeks off from at least the pulpit?), you probably preach fifty sermons a year. Do you have a Sunday evening service as well? Then make that a hundred sermons. Wednesdays too? Now we’re looking...