Finding Effective Illustrations – Pt. 1

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This two-part blog mini-series is designed to help pastors and public speakers learn to find illustrations and place them in their messages effectively. One of preaching’s ongoing challenges is to find ways to illustrate biblical truths in a way that is faithful to the text, not cheesy, not boring, doesn’t take too much time, isn’t […]

5 Ways to Prepare for Sunday Physically

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For those who preach, Sunday is the greatest of all days. I absolutely love Sundays. Despite my love for them, Sundays take an enormous amount of energy. When I began preaching, I dramatically underestimated its physical dimension. All of my energy went into preparing my soul and the sermon through study and prayer. It’s hard to […]

5 Common Preaching Mistakes & How to Fix Them

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Preaching week after week, year after year is extremely challenging. Doing so with any degree of consistency and excellence is even more challenging. No preachers is at their best every weekend. Personal matters and church issues can hurt preparation time. Sometimes the well just seems dry. There’s no freshness, no zip on the old fastball. Sometimes, we feel like there’s another gear out there somewhere–we just can’t find it. Below are five common preaching mistakes we make. There are obviously more than this, but here is a sampling. I suffer them all at one time or another. Add to this list or comment on any of these in the comments section.