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...]

Man of God Syndrome

By Steve Hill: Thank you Steve Hill. What are two marks of this man-of-God syndrome? What does this have to do with the man-of-God syndrome? Everything. A “syndrome” is a group of symptoms that characterize a particular abnormality. The man-of-God syndrome describes people who “think more highly than they ought” of their positions in the [Read More...]

Pastors and their Sermon Prep Time

Source Here is something to consider before you rehash and mash up the pastor’s sermon today. It’s not easy speaking to the same audience, week after week, finding new angles, trying to be faithful to the texts and knowing that many already know what’s in the text… Here are the results of the poll by [Read More...]

Preaching is Love

From John Frye, our weekly From the Shepherd’s Nook column. Jesus Creed Preaching If I may pull an image from the Bible and use it, I think many pastors try to preach in Saul’s armor. Saul believed that young David needed some kingly protection and David wisely refused it. David had unknown skills, shaped in [Read More...]


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