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Share Scars Not Wounds

Knowing how much to share of ourselves is a challenge for preachers.  Some tend toward over-sharing, others veer the opposite way.  When we share nothing we can give the impression that our lives are perfect, or that we don’t care about listeners...
by Biblical Preaching on Dec 13, 2016

Journey in the Dark

God delights to transform lives.  There are many ways to depict this journey of transformation, but let’s focus on one example from the Old Testament.  In Psalms 130 and 131 we have a three-picture portrayal of a life transformed by God’s goodn...
by Biblical Preaching on Sep 1, 2016

PV Sindhu : Indian Badminton Star Profile Career Personal Life Photos

PV Sindhu is Indian Badminton Player. PV Sindhu name was unknown for millions of Indians for last few days but now every Indian is having respect for Sindhu. Star Badminton player PV Sindhu won Silver medal in Rio Olympics 2016. On 19th August 2016,...
by Rustom Movie Trailer on Aug 20, 2016

Uncorrupted Crowns

Many Christians feel slightly awkward about the idea of receiving a crown or reward from God.  For a quick check, take a look at James 1:12, 2 Timothy 4:8, 1 Peter 5:4, and Revelation 2:10.  Crowns for loving God, for loving the appearing of Christ...
by Biblical Preaching on Aug 1, 2016

Preacher What Are You Doing?

What are we doing when we preach?  What are we aiming for?  I suspect most preachers would say we preach to see lives changed for the glory of God, or something similar.  I agree.  But what are we doing? Some preachers see themselves essentially...
by Biblical Preaching on Jul 27, 2016

5 Ways to be a Good Bible City Tour Guide

When you move to a new city it can be very overwhelming.  I remember moving to South London back in the days before my phone knew how to get me to my destination.  I had a huge book of street maps on the passenger seat and I gradually learned to na...
by Biblical Preaching on Jul 4, 2016

The Power of an Applicational Phrase

It seems like a lot of people want to hear practical and applicable teaching.  This is understandable. If the alternative is impractical and irrelevant messages then by all means sign me up for the former option.  The problem is that application in...
by Biblical Preaching on Jun 23, 2016

One Critical Conviction

A preaching ministry is built on a whole set of convictions.  Convictions about God, the Gospel, about people, about ministry.  It is right that we let these convictions grow over time as we spend time in the Bible, and learn from mentors, from exp...
by Biblical Preaching on Jun 21, 2016

Love Your Church

To be an effective preacher you need to love your local church.  It is not enough to love the church in general.  Even if your ministry takes you to other places, still it is healthy to love your local church.  (I know that it is not our church or...
by Biblical Preaching on Jun 16, 2016

رمضان زمان و رمضان الان

by semsam on Jun 10, 2016

Podcast: The Heart of the Evangelist

It was a pleasure to chat with Glen Scrivener recently and he has posted that conversation as a podcast here.  I appreciate Glen’s ministry and encourage you to take a look around his websites, as well as on Youtube.
by Biblical Preaching on Jun 10, 2016

10 Pointers for Preaching a Touchy Issue

Sometimes we have to preach something that is potentially controversial or that may not go down too well.  Here are ten pointers to help when that is necessary. 1. Know yourself.  Some preachers like to ruffle others all the team.  Other preachers...
by Biblical Preaching on Jun 8, 2016

Why We Pray

The church is the greatest news story, even though it is never reported.  Lives are changed, peoples are united, society is helped, and preaching is at the heart of all of it.  But preaching is not inherently powerful. The church is not a society g...
by Biblical Preaching on Jun 6, 2016

7 Ideas for Creativity in Series Planning

I believe in preaching series through books of the Bible.  I do it.  I teach others to do it.  But I think we could all do with some extra creativity when it comes to planning a series. Andy Stanley makes the helpful point that many messages shoul...
by Biblical Preaching on Jun 1, 2016

Rigor and Response

Last week I had the opportunity to interview John Piper.  At one point we were talking about the preacher’s emotional response to the text.  I appreciated John Piper’s perspective on this. Gordon Fee, as well as others, have pointed out that we...
by Biblical Preaching on May 31, 2016

A Bible Soaking

Yesterday evening a group of us enjoyed four and a half hours of Bible reading together.  No preaching, just reading.  We read John’s Gospel, and then from James through to Revelation.  We paused briefly to share reflections three or four times,...
by Biblical Preaching on May 30, 2016

Praying Your Way to the Pulpit

Sometimes it feels like we are living in an age of prayerless and therefore relatively powerless ministry.  We live in an age of increasing noise and preachers crave efficient preparation.  In this post I would like to narrate the journey from pass...
by Biblical Preaching on May 27, 2016

Preaching and Politics

Should the preacher be influential when it comes to politics?  The USA is coming to the end of the presidential primaries and moving towards the most controversial presidential election ever.  The UK is fast approaching a long-awaited referendum on...
by Biblical Preaching on May 12, 2016

Defusing Preacher Landmines

Last week I listed 7 preacher landmines – hidden explosives that can do untold damage to your ministry.  Being aware of the dangers is a very significant first step.  But what else can we do once we identify the dangers in our path?  Here ar...
by Biblical Preaching on May 9, 2016

7 Preacher Landmines

In the path of the preacher there are many landmines – hidden explosives that can do untold damage to your ministry.  Whether you’ve been preaching for a couple of years or for half a century, why not take some time to prayerfully work t...
by Biblical Preaching on May 4, 2016

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