Pastors as Parrots

Pastors as Parrots, by John Frye Rick Warren says this… Andy Stanley offers this… Tony Jones suggests that… Rachel Held Evans notes that… Craig Groeschel does this… N.T. Wright counters with … John Ortberg comments that… Gordon MacDonald counsels this… Frost and Hirsch offer this… Halter and Smay commented that… Margaret Feinberg writes that… Bill [Read More...]

Preaching Wisdom (Jonathan Storment)

This past Sunday I started preaching through the book of James for the first time ever.  I have always appreciated James, but have never preached him, and in order to get ready for this series I tried to check out other series done by other pastors and stumbled upon something interesting. James is a book [Read More...]

The Pastor’s Calling

While it has been said often that Martin Luther urged Christians to sanctify all of life so that everyone was called and had a vocation from God, pastors, priests and ministers continue to talk about being called. Thus, Luther put it this way: All our work in the field, in the garden, in the city, in the home, in [Read More...]

Preaching and Posture

A friend (Mark Stevens) writes me this note, and I use it with permission: Every year around this time I enter a kind of pastoral confusion on what to preach. I trust you as both a teacher and evangelical. Every year I am tempted by the lectionary and every year I have my reservations as [Read More...]

How to Listen to a Sermon

In a class this semester, after seeking to explain what James meant in his context — and that means learning to read James in light of themes in James, a student was both in agreement (so it seemed to me) and frustrated, and said, “How in the world can you listen to sermons?” Careful study [Read More...]

The 614th Commandment: A Sermon by Jason Micheli

The 614th Commandment      “I ask you, then, has God rejected his People?” That’s Paul’s first question immediately following today’s long, thick passage: ‘Has God rejected the Jews?’      (Because they reject God in Christ?) You shouldn’t answer too hastily. A couple of years ago, Ali and I were traveling in Southern France, and one [Read More...]

Confessions of a Local Pastor (by Josh Ross)

Confessions from a Local Pastor There’s something addictive about a stage and a microphone and the status that often comes with it. It is a gift from God, but power and authority can easily be abused. So, maybe it’s time for a little confession from a pastor. As much as I love what I do, [Read More...]

Pulpit Integrity

Sarah Pulliam Bailey, with Greg Horton: (RNS) Thou shalt not steal another pastor’s sermon? Recent cases of high-profile pastors who have been accused of lifting others’ material are raising questions about whether pulpit plagiarism is on the rise — and whether it has become a more forgivable sin…. Sermons can be ephemeral things, in one [Read More...]

Failing as a Pastor

Some of you may remember when J.R. Briggs decided, a bit on a lark, to host a conference called “Epic Fail.” Well, it spun out of control quite successfully.  J.R. Briggs has a new book called Fail: Finding Hope and Grace in the Midst of Ministry Failure. It’s a good book, and I know of no [Read More...]

Jesus, the Radical Reader

From John Frye, Jesus the Radical Exegete Good, proper biblical exegesis is a key task to be learned in seminary. With the caveat that exegesis is both a skill and an art, most schools want to train students to rightly divide the Word of truth. My seminary years are far behind me and Jesus is teaching [Read More...]