15 tag lines to make your sermons more memorable

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I was Skyping with a young preacher last week who wanted hints for making his sermons more memorable. I’m pretty sure that’s what every preacher wants. Here is what the best of the best communicators use—TAG LINES! A quick Wikipedia...

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Why some people don't believe in the truth of the resurrection

I watched the recent television special, “Killing Jesus.” Based on the best-selling book by Bill O’Reilly, it was well done. It’s good to see quality films that are—for the most part—biblically accurate. I thought the movie helped clarify the reasons first-century religious leaders were so determined to eliminate Jesus: they envied ...
May 19, 2015   Bob Russell

Is Your Preaching Imaginative, Imaginary, or Neither?

As a teenager, my first inkling to become a preacher was while enduring boring preaching. I distinctly remember painfully sitting in the pew thinking, “there has got to be a better way to learn about God than this.” Warren Wiersbe agreed.  In His book, Preaching and Teaching with Imagination, he ...
May 13, 2015   Phil Wood

DeYoung’s book a smart read this spring before “the decision”

The nation now draws a long sign of relief, following the oral arguments before the Supreme Court in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges on same-sex marriage, while holding on for dear life for the next two months before the court delivers its opinion, says Albert Mohler, “for the legalization ...
May 07, 2015   Ronald Keener

Why some pastors are the worst communicators

As John Ewart explains "Pastors are sometimes the world's worst communicators! Isn't that ironic?" Discover one of the most common reasons for poor communication and an easy way to make sure your message is being understood.  (From a session at the Society for Church Consulting's training in 2014.) 
May 04, 2015  

4 ways you get to stay on the bus, yes, THAT bus

One of the weakest, most cynical, and most brutally clear modern day church metaphors for staff structure is “The Bus.” Many people reading this will have been kicked off (the bus). Many will be trying to figure out who they should kick off (the bus). Others will be clinging tightly ...
May 02, 2015   Doug Lawrence

3 times in ministry I went from the supine to the ridiculous

When you wake up in the morning and get out of bed, typically you see your day going one way, but often—maybe too often—you’re badly mistaken! Surprises and interruptions are the stuff of ministry and often a good day can go terribly wrong! Here’s my short list…       ...
April 18, 2015   Doug Lawrence

Seven reasons why most church outreach programs fail

In my last blog in this space, I addressed the seven habits of outwardly focused churches. This time, I want to look at a related topic: why most church outreach programs fail. One of my passions in life is to help churches move from becoming inwardly focused to outwardly focused. ...
April 09, 2015   Thom Rainer

3 thoughts about getting over time

It has been said that “Over time, you get over time.”    A life in ministry is just like any other. When you are young you have nothing but time, middle-aged, you never have enough, and when you are old, time is precious and then finally runs out.   You ...
April 08, 2015   Doug Lawrence

10 significant quotes from a well respected church whisperer

True confession! I am an unabashed admirer of Adam Hamilton. Not only did he lead a mere 17 people to become the 17,000 member Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, he’s a churchman with a true compass about what it means to nourish seekers and believers simultaneously.   Brief ...
March 28, 2015   Doug Lawrence

Restoring the fallen

Rumors were flying about a friend of mine. Even though married with children, my friend seemed to be spending an inordinate amount of time with a college-age girl. She had some personal issues and he evidently wanted to help her.  However, she was also fairly attractive. The time he spent talking ...
March 24, 2015   Bob Russell
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