The Fatigue of Preaching

There are two draining aspects of preaching—preparing the sermon, and delivering it. Unfortunately, I’ve always prepared my messages (the morning messages at least) in the most laborious and exhausting way possible, by scripting them out. After pouring over the text or subject as thoroughly as time will allow, I develop an outline, craft an introduction, […]

A Healthy Ministry

A healthy ministry only occurs when we have a biblical perspective about the work we’re to do. That was lacking in the Corinthian Church, resulting in congregational fragmentation. In 1 Corinthian 3:1-9, the Apostle Paul set out several corrective principles, which we can enumerate like this: When it comes to building the kingdom, we are […]

How NOT to Preach

The apostle Paul may have been the most effective preacher in the New Testament world, but in the first paragraph of 1 Corinthians 2, he tells us how NOT to do it: (1) Not depending on eloquence (verse 1). (2) Not claiming to have superior wisdom (verse 1). (3) Not with any message other than […]