Sermon Survival 3 – Preparation Blockage

MHPs face a weekly sermon deadline regardless of what the week has thrown their way.  I’ve learned to get ahead of this unyielding deadline through some extensive pre preparation but still, it ultimately comes down to “butt in chair” preparation the...

Sermon Survival 2: Mining for Stories

In finding stories for messages, I’ve never found success using canned story resources (illustration books, sermon websites) so instead, I “go retail” when mining for stories – I find them one  at a time. Here’s where I find them: —...

Sermon Survival 1: Pre Preparation

For most MHPs, “preacher” is a significant hat we wear, and Sunday comes every 7 days whether we’re ready for it or not! Now that I’m about 250 sermons into my role as preacher, I’m looking afresh at all aspects of sermon preparation and...
Recovering Legalists?

Recovering Legalists?

I started going to church when I was 13 in the 1980s and the church was, you guessed it, a legalistic church.  I’ve had to shed a lot of baggage on the road of following Jesus. Now, I’m a card carrying member of the POTSC movement and I pastor a church...

Exactly Human Sized Stories

Last year I went to a story telling workshop by Ira Glass, host of “This American Life” and in my opinion, the finest story teller alive today. His goal:  find stories that are exactly human sized. I think this is exactly the challenge for modern preachers. Our media...