Ignoring Pentecost to our peril

The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church reminds us that Pentecost ranks as the second most important festival day in the Church following Easter, the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection. However, many preachers ignore the day and its related themes.


Seeking revival for our state and survival for our nation

The first week of April I met with 20 influential spiritual leaders from the state of Kentucky.  We gathered for two days to discuss how we could encourage spiritual revival in our state.  We prayed, we studied revivals in Scripture and history, and we shared our individual ideas as we ...
April 19, 2016   Bob Russell

Video: Do you preach Jesus?

Dr. Daniel Overdorf, Dean of the School of Congregational Ministry at Johnson University (Knoxville, Tenn.), addresses an important question for pastors. How will you answer this question and how will it alter your preaching focus? (Excerpted from the NACC in 2015.)
April 12, 2016  

4 questions for graduates

Pastors may consider including these thought-provoking questions and answers when they honor their congregations’ grads. 1. How will you stay out of poverty? Professor William Galston, an advisor to former President Bill Clinton, researched this question. His conclusions from earlier decades were confirmed by the large British Cohort Study which ...
April 12, 2016   Jim Farrer

The 10 Commandments for church parking lots

This story is many years old, but its impact still lives with me today. One Sunday morning, I was walking outside the worship center and greeting people as they came into the church I served as pastor. I saw a car moving slowly in the parking lot. The driver obviously ...
April 07, 2016   Thom Rainer

Immersing for baptism

A young Presbyterian minister made a surprising request last month at the pastoral retreat I lead regularly for preachers: “Would you immerse me for baptism?” Held at a camp by a lake, “A Time of Refreshing” is designed to provide spiritual renewal for guys who have been grinding it out in ...
April 05, 2016   Bob Russell

What can pastors say to grads?

Graduation observances are important events in the life of a congregation. Many families celebrate graduations from different levels of education. In one of my congregations, the nursery school graduation boasted the largest attendance of the year. With everyone’s attention on the graduates and the pastor’s advice for them, these ceremonies ...
March 29, 2016   Jim Farrer

Why do you preach? 4 relational perspectives

If you’ve attended worship at any variety of denominational congregations, it’s readily apparent that the sermon is a major facet of the gathering. In the Anglican church that I attend, the entire service is barely over an hour, with the message usually lasting less than 15 minutes. In many non-liturgical ...
March 22, 2016   Allen Hamlin

Operation Solomon: A thrilling example of fulfilled prophecy

March Madness is in full swing, with the first two rounds concluded and the Sweet Sixteen about to unfold. Fans nationwide are hoping to predict the ultimate winner of the 2016 NCAA basketball tournament. Most will fail. No human being can accurately foretell the future—not the outcomes of college basketball ...
March 22, 2016   Bob Russell

Pastors, don’t say these 7 things about money to your church

When pastors talk about money, they have a list of things they commonly say. Some are more helpful than others. Below is a list of things pastors often say, but don’t motivate people to give. I’m sure I’ve said most of them over the years, or some version of them. ...
March 16, 2016   Margaret Marcuson

7 more ways to raise a pastor’s performance potential

According to a 2010 Lifeway survey, 42 percent of ministers work 60 or more hours a week . A turnaround situation demands extra energy to meet current needs and to also cultivate new members and assimilate them. Here are seven more ways to enhance your performance potential. (See "Raising the ...
March 15, 2016   Jim Farrer

It's Sunday, but Friday’s a comin’!

I have always enjoyed hearing the sermon, “It’s Friday, but Sunday’s a Comin’” that rehearses the events of the Passion while inviting the hearer/reader to think ahead to the joy of the “comin’” Easter morning. I have taken a similar approach from a different vantage point. I wanted to create something that would ...
March 15, 2016   Richard Frazer

I'm not good enough...and neither was Peter!

Have you ever felt you weren’t good enough? I meet people every day whose lives are affected by the throbbing, aching, stinging feeling of not being good enough. Peter was like that. He understood how it felt not to be good enough. One day (Luke 5), Peter and his crew were working ...
March 12, 2016   Phillip Foster

7 reasons your church should have a ministry to widows

This verse in Scripture cannot be more compelling or clearer: “Pure and undefiled religion before our God and Father is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself unstained by the world” (James 1:27). Scholars have produced massive volumes on the biblical mandate to ...
March 10, 2016   Thom Rainer

Invest in fathers

In our anti-male climate, thoughts such as these could probably be scorned. Men are mocked, stereotyped, and sadly, considered as a necessary evil sometimes, yet if we hope to capture the next generation for Christ, men are the key. (Before the stones start flying, and, if there is no father ...
March 09, 2016   Jeff Klick
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