Orwell and the Modern Church.

As part of my learning journey, I’ve been studying the mechanics of preaching, seeking to understand what makes preaching effective. I’ve come to the conclusion that an effective preacher does the hard work of shrinking the perceived gap between...

Brian Mavis on Jesus’ Last Hours

I love the way Brian Mavis thinks and writes.  Here is a guest post from Brian on the 24 hour period that make up Jesus’ Last Hours: A few years ago, inspired by the show “24,” I tried to lay out a timeline of Jesus’ last hours. I found it interesting to see all...

The Unsustainable Sermon Conclusion

I’ve been on a journey lately to notice powerful preaching and what makes it great.  It has been a wonderful learning journey so far and of course, along the way I have paid attention to the opposite:  what traits make for a damaging sermon? I’ve come to...

Sheep or Shepherd?

I think one of the temptations in church leadership is to forget our DNA.  We can forget we are 100% human being.  I think this is because we open the pages of The Authority every week and teach from it.  Over time, we can get confused and think that our thoughts...

SermonSmith Podcast Review

I’m always on the hunt for a great resources in the craft of preaching and recently discovered a gem in a podcast called “Sermonsmith.”  The host, John Chandler interviews various preachers to learn about their preparation habits, goals of preaching,...