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Tell a Good Story When You Preach
How to teach in a way that connects, compels, and builds trust. - Article
Find out this Christmas in a theater near you! Our challenge as preachers is that almost everyone who listens to us knows how the story turns out. God is in the still, small voice.
Straight to the Source
Seminaries teach a simple method for studying the Bible that we can all use to study the Bible ourselves. - Article
The trouble is that their model is often American TV preachers, and many simply imitate what they've heard there, failing to ever truly read the Bible themselves.
Troublesome Women Preachers
We join a long legacy of prophetic witness to the gospel. - Article
Troublesome Women Preachers. So today we offer this sermon from Rev. Tiffany Thomas to let you know just how thankful we are for all the troublesome women preachers out there.
Preaching in the Midst of Tragedy
In four years of pastoral ministry, I’ve had to preach through four national tragedies. - Article
At 11:00 AM, I, like thousands of preachers in America, stood from my desk, wiped my tears, and steeled myself to face the congregation after another national tragedy.
Pastor Seeking Fame
Are you willing to do God’s work—even if there’s no red carpet? - Article
The disciples were beaten, poisoned, tortured, and martyred for the gospel—nothing remotely close to the preachers today who walk the red carpet of flashing lights, mansions
Sister, You Are Not a Mistake
The church needs you and your gifts. - Article
I hear the stories of women preachers who are sent emails about the clothes they wear to preach on Sunday mornings while their male counterparts receive none of these types of
Deep Preaching in a Distracted Age
Will anything capture people's attention and keep it long enough for God to do his work? - Article
How do we preachers respond? How do we keep our own focus? Can we contains. "Less is more!" he says. "Good preachers are like great chefs. They
How I Spent 20 Years in Ministry Without the Bible
I called others to spiritual growth, but I remained unchanged. - Article
who pitched crusade tents in the middle of the countryside, preached Christ, and planted churches; uncles who pastored and preached; and a grandfather who taught preachers how to
My Silence Is Not Compliance: Why I Don’t Preach Politics from the Pulpit
Preachers need to take our cue from God's Word, not the current obsession of the 24-hour news cycle.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
Preachers need to take our cue from God's Word, not the current obsession of the 24-hour news cycle. Church & CultureDecember 01, 2015. My Silence
Why Do People Only Notice My Clothes?
The reason we get more compliments on our clothing than our sermons - Article
noticed that they needed repair. What Should We Wear? For preachers who wear the alb, this is not an issue. Rev. Charis Weathers, a Lutheran pastor
Me, The Preacher's Husband
Supporting your spouse's ministry isn't one-size-fits-all.
Preaching Paradox and the Paradox of Preaching
Dangling questions can be more powerful than trite answers.
Who Exactly Am I Preaching To?
Crafting a message for your—yes your—congregation.
The Step-by-Step Guide to Writing Your Sermon
From research to outline, and everything in between.
5 Lies Pastors are Tempted to Tell – And How to Resist Them
No one wants bad news. So we're tempted to downplay the negatives, up-sell the positives and call it faith.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
And denominational officials. And visiting preachers ("The attendance is really down today!"). One of the main reasons we do this is found in the title of this point.
Overcome Ministry Burnout By Learning to Say ‘No’
Saying ‘no’ isn’t a lack of faith. Sometimes it’s a necessary first step in narrowing our focus and strengthening our faith.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
Saying 'No' Isn't a Lack of Faith. For years I've been told by well-meaning preachers and teachers that if I have enough faith, I can do anything I want to do. But it's not true. Or biblical.
Finding God's Will for Your Life Is Easier than You Think
Many Christians overplay the importance of God's specific will, while underestimating the value of God's universal will.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
Some from unintentionally bad teaching. And some is the unforeseen, but inevitable result of preachers and teachers who play to the tell-me-how-awesome-I-am echo chamber. It's ego.
Why Stories Matter More than Stats In a Small Church
As a church grows larger, statistics matter more than opinions. When a church is smaller, opinions matter more than statistics.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
statistics. by Karl Vaters. Read as Single PagePage 1 of 3. Image: RJ | Flickr. 0; tweet; email; print. When did all the preachers become statistics junkies? I
Why the Next Great Move of God Will Make Church People Uncomfortable
How will we know when the next great move of God happens? Because it will be felt outside the church, too.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
by Karl Vaters. Read as Single PagePage 1 of 2. Image: Kristin Schmit | Flickr. 0; tweet; email; print. All my life I've heard preachers talk about a coming worldwide revival.
Drawing Your Sermon
How sketching diagrams, images, and “cluster corners” enlivened my sermon prep.
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