When I was a kid, one of the first impressionists I saw was a comedian named Rich Little. Rich did a spot-on impression of President Richard Nixon, and almost any big-time celebrity back in the day. The Tonight Show host Johnny Carson would have Rich on his show and Rich would actually do an…

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I loved seminary.  I really did. There is no substitute for on-the-job training and doing ministry in a real church, but there was no better way to learn the Bible.  Those Bible classes were great. Though I have a Masters of Divinity, there were a few things I didn’t learn about preaching in seminary.  It…

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In my lifetime, I’ve preached somewhere around 2,500 sermons. I’ve probably listened to that many more. That’s a lot of talking. Recently, I’ve become a fan of TED talks – 18 minute presentations on science, culture, technology and many other topics. I’ve watched some amazing presentations, and have stretched my knowledge on some new topics.…

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Pastors are more than preachers. You’re counselors and leaders, sometimes accountants and cleaners. There is more than reading on the agenda. Yet the many duties of ministry often keep you from devoting time to your most important, or at least the most visible, element of your church…the weekly sermon. Too many times, urgent tasks that…

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This article is from Dr. Vanable Moody, who spoke during the Preach Better Sermons online event. Dr. Moody is the Senior Pastor of The Worship Center Christian Church in Birmingham, Alabama. I recently returned from teaching in Japan. For the past few years I have been traveling to Japan to share with Pastors and Christian…

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