All posts from “Sermon preparation”

Ur Video: N.T. Wright on Genesis 1...Literally

February 17, 2012 12:00 AM

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I Need to Cover My Mouth when I Preach

August 20, 2010 12:00 AM

I love and hate the book of Job. I love it because it poses challenging pastoral questions—like being tested by God or God’s tolerance for the devil—but I hate it because it challenges my understanding of what it means to...

Ur Video: Driscoll's Scatalogical Humor

June 11, 2010 12:00 AM

Earlier this week, Collin Hansen warned about the growing popularity and risks of using humor in the pulpit. I thought an illustration was called for. Mark Driscoll uses humor frequently, among other communication tactics, to convey his messages. Here is...

The Hansen Report: Comedy in the Pulpit

June 9, 2010 12:00 AM

I love to laugh. And when I laugh, you’ll hear me if you’re in the same zip code. I have a few all-time favorite comedy TV shows that I can watch over and over again. And I enjoy funny...

Francis Chan Gives Up

May 28, 2010 12:00 AM

In your new book you write, "I cannot convince people to be obsessed with Jesus, and that's why you need the Holy Spirit." When did you come to that realization? Once you pastor for a while, it dawns on you...

What "I'm Not Being Fed" Really Means (Part 1)

April 26, 2010 12:00 AM

This article comes from our friends at PreachingToday.com. Check out more on PT blog. I have a confession to make. I am fed up with hearing people say, "I'm not being fed." While I do not hear it often, the...

Preaching for the Nod

November 17, 2009 12:00 AM

Every once in a while I find myself preaching for the nod. That’s when we try to hard wire a bit of ego-stroke into a Sunday morning message. We do it a lot, and it’s so easy—insert that small comment,...

Scot McKnight: The Story Called Us

June 24, 2009 8:42 AM

At the end of his lecture and after answering a smattering of questions, the pristine and aged New Testament scholar, Bruce Metzger, asked Doug Moo if he could share something on his heart to the seminary students gathered that day....

Sermon Prep Survey

April 13, 2009 8:58 AM

Our friends over at PreachingToday.com are doing a little research. They're eager to know how sermon preparation differs from one generation to the next--in particular, how do folks under 35 and over 35 approach their sermon prep? So they've created...

The Next Caption Contest

February 19, 2009 12:00 AM

What is your caption for this cartoon by Jonny Hawkins? Winning entries will be published in the Spring 2009 edition of Leadership. Please include your name, your church’s name, city, and state....

A Good Text is Hard to Find

January 6, 2009 9:07 AM

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Cartoon: Doctrine

November 25, 2008 12:00 AM

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The Next Caption Contest

November 10, 2008 12:00 AM

What is your caption for this cartoon by Rob Portlock? Winning entries will be published in the Winter 2009 edition of Leadership. Please include your name, your church’s name, city, and state....

Cartoon: An Unusual Spiritual Gift

September 15, 2008 12:00 AM

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"Have to" or "Want to" Sermons?

September 3, 2008 8:02 AM

As men and women created in the image of God, believers are designed to become like Christ in ever-increasing measure. Effective, biblical preaching taps into this innate longing by helping people envision what God created us to be in Christ....

The Next Caption Contest

August 4, 2008 8:00 AM

What are your captions for this cartoon by Tim Walburg? Winning entries will be published in the Fall 2008 edition of Leadership. Please include your name, your church’s name, city, and state....

Cartoon: Biblical Literacy

July 21, 2008 9:10 AM

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Formation via Fiction

July 8, 2008 12:00 AM

This is a highly unscientific observation, but I stand by it: In my scouring of bookshelves in pastor's studies and church libraries, I regularly find volumes from the corporate world about how to be an effective leader and efficient administrator;...

Cartoon: Fish Food

July 7, 2008 12:00 AM

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Cartoon: Team Leadership

May 26, 2008 12:00 AM

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The Next Caption Contest

May 1, 2008 12:00 AM

What are your captions for this cartoon by Tim Walburg? Winning entries will be published in the Summer 2008 edition of Leadership. Please include your name, your church’s name, city, and state....

N. T. Wright on the Resurrection

March 20, 2008 12:00 AM

At the National Pastors Conference in San Diego, our friend at PreachingToday.com, Brian Lowery, got to interview N. T. Wright about his latest book - Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church - and...

Canadian Sermon Types, eh?

February 21, 2008 12:00 AM

And now for something completely different... Neil Young, who pastors Erindale United Church in Mississauga, Ontario, sent us this inventory of sermon styles in the Great White North. The Maple Syrup: Boils source material down to about 1/50th its starting...

The Next Caption Contest

February 7, 2008 12:00 AM

What are your captions for this cartoon by Dennis Fletcher? Winning entries will be published in the Spring 2008 edition of Leadership. Please include your name, your church’s name, city, and state....

Out of Context: Tim Keel

January 28, 2008 12:00 AM

"In the modern world, we tend to reduce the complexity and diversity of the Scriptures to simple systems, even when our systems flatten the diversity and integrity of the biblical witness. We reduce our sermons to consumer messages that reduce...

Preaching to Express, not Impress

November 15, 2007 12:00 AM

Fred Smith was featured in the very first issue of Leadership published in 1980. Since then the businessman, Bible teacher, and sage as written more than 37 articles, and his insights have guided thousands of pastors. Fred's definition of leadership...

Glimpses of Glory

October 15, 2007 12:00 AM

We live in a dark world. Our hearts long for goodness, beauty, justice, and peace, but they are often hidden behind the shadow cast by evil and sin. This is why preaching is so necessary. Whenever the kingdom of God...

The Tech Effect

August 14, 2007 12:00 AM

Twenty-five years ago, the film Tron was a revolution - the first movie to use digital animation extensively. But critics almost universally panned the movie. One said, "Tron is loaded with visual delights but falls way short of the mark...

Out of Context: Will Willimon

August 7, 2007 12:00 AM

"The modern, essentially atheistic mentality despises mystery and considers enchantment and befuddlement an affront to its democratic right to know--and then use--everything for purposes of individual fulfillment. This flattened mind loves lists, labels, solutions, sweeping propositions, and practical principles. The...

The Next Caption Contest

July 31, 2007 12:00 AM

What are your captions for this cartoon by Rob Portlock? We know Out of Ur and Leadership readers will have some great ones on this theme. Winning entries will be published in the Fall 2007 edition of Leadership. Please include...

The Next Caption Contest

May 3, 2007 12:00 AM

What are your captions for this cartoon by Dik LaPine? We know Out of Ur and Leadership readers will have some great ones on this theme. Winning entries will be published in the Summer 2007 edition of Leadership. Please include...

Preaching the Word in an Image–Oriented Culture

January 31, 2007 12:00 AM

My childhood church had a silver cross suspended in the sanctuary. It was the visual focus of our worship. I recently returned to the church and the cross was still there, but few people notice it anymore. A large...

Create-A-Caption

January 30, 2007 12:00 AM

When we ask subscribers what they love most about Leadership, we often hear the same answer: "the cartoons." That's why we are pleased to bring this lighter side of ministry to Out of Ur. Here is your chance to share...

Out of Context: John Beukema

November 30, 2006 12:00 AM

"Ultimately, every text is about God. To focus constantly on the how can subtly influence our perspective of Scripture. For example, the awe-inspiring scene from Isaiah 6:1-4 should probably not become a sermon on 'How to Meet with God.'" -John...

The Danger of Practical Preaching Part 2: Allowing scripture to civilize our thinking

September 7, 2006 12:00 AM

Lee Eclov thinks people need more than helpful applications in a sermon. Rather than being told what to do in three easy step, Eclov argues that good preaching should teach people how to think differently. In the first part of...

The Danger of Practical Preaching: Why people need more than the bottom line

September 5, 2006 12:00 AM

Many of the largest and "most successful" churches have built their ministries on the value of practicality. As a result, Christians today have come to expect spiritual formation by numbers: 5 love languages, 7 steps to healing, 40 days of...

Word for Word: what is driving pastors to plagiarize?

August 1, 2006 12:00 AM

The New York Times ran the story last week of a high-profile pastor busted for plagiarizing sermons, and his congregation's willingness to forgive him. Trying to explain what led to his behavior, Rev. Jackson says: "It's a pattern you get...

The Myth of Expository Preaching (part 2): proclamation that inspires the imagination

July 25, 2006 12:00 AM

David Fitch is back to explain why he believes expository preaching is a myth that is hindering the full potential of the pulpit. In part one of his post Fitch said expository preaching has led to the commodification of Scripture....

The Myth of Expository Preaching & the Commodification of the Word

July 3, 2006 12:00 AM

The summer issue of Leadership, due in mailboxes soon, will focus on the impact of consumerism on our faith and ministries. To get the conversation started, in this post, pastor/professor and regular Ur contributor David Fitch discusses how expository preaching...

Should I Rock the House or Preach the Word?

October 13, 2005 3:22 PM

Ben Folds' song "Rock Star" includes these lyrics: You need their approval To tell you you're cool Hey, but look how you pay for it Give the people what they want You've got to give the people what they want...

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