What is important in preaching?

Five months ago I reminded myself of some thoughts I had written a year before on what I needed to focus on in developing my preaching. Today I was struck by only one of these- BE JESUS CENTRED … [Read more...]

Emotion tied up in words

It is interesting to think about words, and what they mean not just on a theoretical level but emotionally. One of the things that divides us is how we feel when we hear certain words. Take for example death. Many people assume that everyone is afraid of death. That is not the case. For those who genuinely believe that there is no judgement then why fear it? For those who look to it as a way out of their problems, why shy from it?OF course the very idea of judgement is another one, in … [Read more...]

Go easy on the single parent

Its struck me for a while now that those who critise single parents really ought not to- after all the single parent is the one who stayed! … [Read more...]

Forgive or suffer the consequences!

Unforgiveness evokes Gods wrath, it corrupts generations, it breeds hatred, it lives like cancer, and it results in misery Anon … [Read more...]

Generosity is the best weapon against materialism

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Preaching should bring an encounter with God rather than impart knowledge.

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Prepare the preacher not the sermon

Preaching is not the performance of an hour. It is the outflow of a life. It takes twenty years to make a sermon, because it takes twenty years to make the man. The true sermon is a thing of life. The sermon grows because the man grows. The sermon is forceful because the man is forceful. The Sermon is holy because the man is holy. The sermon is full of the divine unction because the man is full of the divine unction.................The Church is looking for better methods; God is looking for … [Read more...]

Why apply a sermon?

Preaching a sermon strong on information but weak on application is like shouting to a drowning person, "Swim! Swim! The message is true, but it's not helpful (Shelley, M. (1995). Changing lives through preaching and worship) … [Read more...]

What makes a good preacher?

Effective Christian preachers have a compelling vision of Jesus Christ which they communicate forcefully to their listeners to lead them to view their circumstances differently and to respond with strengthened faith and commitment. (Zuck, R. B. (1996, c1994). A biblical theology of the New Testament (Page 370). Chicago: Moody Press) … [Read more...]

The end for European abortions?

As an abortion test case goes to Europe "A woman whose pregnancy was wrongly terminated wants the European Court to accept a foetus' right to life. " Pro abortion groups are getting worried! … [Read more...]

The new weapon in crimefighting… prayer

From the BBC Prayer drives down crime! … [Read more...]

Offending for Jesus

Some modern preachers soothe their audiences and don't want to offend them! Not so this old school preacher!"He was always personal also and would say Do not think I am talking about anybody else; but I mean you, and you, and you. . Now you resent this and you will go away and say that you will not come again; but you will. Your own convictions are on my side. You know that what I tell you is true; and that I tell it for your own good; and that you cannot continue to resent it. … [Read more...]