Introducing Jonathan Storment

As many of you Jesus Creed blog readers know, this blog focuses on Jesus, Bible, churches and ministry. I embrace the breadth of God’s church and I don’t believe any one church has it all locked up … so I work at getting other voices to this little table of mine. Now a revelation: I [Read More...]

A Reader Asks

This letter is from a reader and concerns preaching a series. What do you think? What’s your advice? My question is in regards to preaching series vs. church calendar vs. preaching through whole books. We come from [the kind of preaching] background [where] the most well-known of those churches often preach through catchy, well-crafted series. [Read More...]

Sermons and their Sources

I once was in a situation when a pastor admitted to me that he often re-preached sermons from sermon sources, and he also said he hadn’t thought there was anything wrong with it. What most confused me about the situation was that he was using illustrations from other preachers in the first person — and [Read More...]

Pastors Talking Preaching (by Jonathan Storment)

Last week I was in Dallas at Highland Oaks Church of Christ to speak about Paul the Preaching Pastor. One session I wish I could have attended was a bundle of pastors talking about preaching, and Jonathan Storment, at Highland Church of Christ in Abilene, and a friend of mine and a very good preacher, [Read More...]

One Pastor per Church?

Most any reading of the earliest period of the followers of Jesus, say from 30-50 AD, reveals a more charismatic ordering of a local church. Most any reading of the 3d Century church reveals what many call a Monarchial bishopric, where we have an authoritative teacher “ruling” the local church. How did this happen? Everett [Read More...]

What Pastors Like about their Jobs

From Thom Rainer: So I took to the Twitterverse again with my poll question asking pastors what they like most about their work. Here are their top ten responses. Seeing lives transformed.   Preaching. Frankly, I expected this response to be number one, but it was a distant second. Preaching is very important to these pastors, [Read More...]

Stories or Anecdotes

A good point of discussion from Jonathan Fitzgerald: What are the distinguishing features of the story vs. the anecdote? Storytelling is a central element of the Christian faith. From the story that unfolds over the thousands of years recorded in the Old and New Testaments, to Jesus’ use of parables, to the common practice of [Read More...]

A New Kind of DMin — for you?

We are very excited about the interest and applicants to our new DMin at Northern that I will be directing. Here’s our announcement: Northern is excited to announce a new Doctor of Ministry in New Testament Context. “The DMin in New Testament Context will give pastors the opportunity of a lifetime.  In my speaking and [Read More...]

Preaching/Speaking from an iPad? 10 Rules

By Brandon Hilgemann: Do you speak from an iPad? Any experiences? Any wisdom? 1. THOU SHALL TURN OFF NOTIFICATIONS. 2. THOU SHALL TURN OFF AUTO-LOCK. 3. THOU SHALL LOWER THE BRIGHTNESS. 4. THOU SHALL NOT DRAW ATTENTION TO YOUR IPAD. 5. THOU SHALL USE A PDF READER APP FOR NOTES. 6. THOU SHALL STILL CARRY A BIBLE. 7. THOU SHALL MAKE [Read More...]

Expectations of the Elders

From Thom Rainer: An experiment I tried several years ago, though, might prove instructive. When I was a pastor in St. Petersburg, Florida, I gave a survey to the twelve deacons in the church (I jokingly said we had eleven good deacons and one Judas!). I listed several congregational responsibilities and asked them to share [Read More...]


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