A Plan for Working on (Not in) Your Sermons by Will Graham At least 4,700 pastors admitted in a past Rocket survey that they wish they could be less involved in the micro-details of their sermons and still be effective as a communicator. When you’re a part-time speaker or only preach about 5-6 times a…

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Preaching Rocket coach Jeff Henderson spoke with Jud Wilhite, pastor of Central Christian Church in Las Vegas, Nevada. The subject was preaching. As a pastor, how do you make sure you’re talking to everyone in your audience? The # pain for preachers seems to be preparation … How do you get ahead? What tweaks do…

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by Ben Crawshaw Jason Day is the number one golfer on the planet … Day is the Australian player who has dominated the PGA tournament the last couple years and has cemented his place at the #1 spot. At only 29 years of age, he’s doing the unfathomable on the golf course. And guess what?…

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One of my favorite books is Made to Stick, by Chip and Dan Heath.  It’s all about how some ideas stick, while other ideas fade away.  As preachers, helping our messages stick is important. In the book, the Heath Brothers (typing that makes me hungry for a candy bar), give six ways to make a…

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Euripides said a bad beginning makes a bad ending. That’s definitely true in sermons.  Like a front porch of a house, your introduction should welcome people to the message.  Your first five minutes are really important.  They often determine if people will listen to the rest of the minutes. Martyn Lloyd-Jones said, “I felt that…

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The word “sermon” comes from an old Latin word meaning “discourse.”  But a sermon is far more important than a speech.  A properly prepared and delivered message is powerful thing – God’s truth delivered through the voice of a herald.  In most church services, the sermon is a central element.  It’s too important to cut-and-paste.…

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I grew up in a great church in Florida and was blessed to hear incredible messages as a teenager from Dr. Jerry Vines. Maybe you don’t know Dr. Vines, but he was my ministry hero. When I was an 18-year-old college freshman at Florida State University, I got my first job working at a church.…

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