Posts Tagged ‘Pastoral Ministry’

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Honoring Deacons

This past week, I had the privilege of co-officiating the funeral of a dear friend and former co-laborer in local church ministry. Dying at the age of 88, Ed Carroll served as a deacon at Muldraugh Baptist Church for over a half-century, and as the chairman of deacons most of those years. Read more

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Five Reasons Sermons Fail

To preach is to occasionally lay an egg. Every preacher has felt it, and every preacher hopes to never feel it again. What did I do wrong? Why did the sermon flop? How do I avoid this ever happening again? These questions, and many more, hound the conscience of the preacher who’s delivered a still-born sermon. Read more

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The Essential Marks of a Preacher

“How shall they hear without a preacher?” (Rom. 10:14). With airtight logic, the Apostle Paul sets forth the indispensable human link in fulfilling the Great Commission—the preaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ. In so doing, he instructs us in the way of the kingdom, that in every generation God is calling out preachers to serve His church. Read more

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Eight Tips for Veteran Preachers

This past week, I reflected on the first sermon I ever preached and suggested eight tips for the beginning preacher. I wish someone had given me those eight tips years ago—my beginner sermons would have gone infinitely better.

That first sermon was nearly 20 years ago. Now, I find myself at a different stage of life and ministry, with a different set of concerns and observations. Today, as a more veteran preacher, I keep these eight tips in the back of my mind. Read more

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Eight Tips for Beginning Preachers

I am still trying to forget my first sermon. The venue was the Home of Grace, a halfway house for ladies suffering from abuse. On Sunday afternoons, I accompanied a friend, who usually did the preaching. On this occasion, he asked me to handle the preaching responsibilities. Read more