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...]

Competition among Churches

There are at least two signs of competition among churches, or should I say among pastors. The first is the act of wondering how big or how many are attending another church and the second is the inner disturbance of wanting to win (in the game of numbers). The single-most important sign of non-competition between churches or [Read More...]

5 Illustrations that Need to End

Sammy Rhodes: What would you add? (Starfish?) Illustrations are tricky. Charles Spurgeon said illustrations are like windows in a house. Too many and you’re left with no substance. Too few and you’re left with no light. If you’ve been around church for very long, you’ve probably heard a lot of them, some more than once. [Read More...]

Preaching Better — Practice and Exercises

Those of us who get to preach have probably taken some classes on preaching, and read some books, and some of us have attended preaching conferences where we can talk to other preachers and hone the art. I have preacher friends who go over one another’s sermons as a group and others who prepare sermons [Read More...]

How to Keep Your Preaching Fresh

From my friend Allan Bevere: I taught a Doctor of Ministry intensive last week on leadership in the 21st century at Ashland Theological Seminary. I had ten thoughtful students. One of them asked me on break, “How do you keep your preaching fresh year after year after serving thirty years in ministry?” I spent a little time [Read More...]

Phillip Jensen on Teaching what?

And I totally agree: A simple test of a good teacher is to ask what they teach.  If their answer is Maths, English, Science, History or Geography, they probably don’t understand their role. If they say students, pupils, young people, or adults, there is a possibility that they know their trade. Of course, such a [Read More...]

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...]