Learning to Preach from Martin Luther (Preachers of the Past, pt. 2)

This is part 2 of “Preachers of the Past,” a series where we discuss four distinct preachers from the past, ranging from 347 A.D. to 1945.

We’ve included detailed preaching points for study and discussion towards the bottom of this post.

Some background on Martin […]

By |2019-03-24T12:01:50-05:00March 25th, 2019|Categories: For Pastors, Preaching|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Learning to Preach from John Chrysostom (Preachers of the Past, pt. 1)

This is part 1 of “Preachers of the Past,” a series where we discuss four distinct preachers from the past, ranging from 347 A.D. to 1945.

We’ve included detailed preaching points for study and discussion towards the bottom of this post.

Some Background on John Chrysostom […]

By |2019-03-24T11:53:41-05:00March 18th, 2019|Categories: For Pastors, Preaching|Tags: , , |1 Comment

Why and How to Preach about St. Patrick this St. Patrick’s Day

The pub nearest me has festooned itself with green, orange, and white bunting. My doctor’s waiting room is plastered with cardboard shamrocks that say LUCKY. McDonald’s has brought back (for a limited time) its Shamrock Shake.

Yes, my friends, it’s almost St. Patrick’s Day, and since this year [2019] that falls on a Sunday, we might consider, “Should we preach […]

By |2020-01-14T10:21:56-06:00March 8th, 2019|Categories: For Pastors, Opinion, Preaching|Tags: , |0 Comments

3 Questions to Ask When Preaching from Pop Culture: Avoid My Mistakes

Pop culture is the known world for most people today. By definition, it is the “popular” and dominant culture, heavily influenced by mass media, in America and in much of the world.

At Christianity Today, I worked with a colleague who was extremely bright and working on her doctorate in English. One time, she and some friends were standing in the […]

By |2019-01-01T19:28:30-06:00October 26th, 2018|Categories: For Pastors, Preaching|Tags: , |1 Comment

The Power of the Sermon Checklist: Why You Need One, and How to Make Your Own

In his best-selling book The Checklist Manifesto, surgeon Atul Gawande makes the compelling case that the best way to ensure quality is something simple, old-fashioned, and overlooked: the checklist.

In fact, he argues, we need the checklist more than ever, because today, information is so abundant and complex, it overwhelms our ability to process. To ensure we do most jobs right—fly […]

By |2019-01-01T19:28:31-06:00October 12th, 2018|Categories: For Pastors, Preaching|Tags: , |2 Comments

Four Creative Constraints of the Preaching Life

This post originally appeared at LeaderWorks on January 23, 2018.

Preaching may be more than art, but it is certainly not less. It is a craft and a skill. An individual may have certain gifts given by God, but those gifts are diminished if not stewarded by effort and practice.

Excellence deceives us. When we see a baseball player effortlessly turn […]

By |2019-01-08T17:29:40-06:00October 2nd, 2018|Categories: For Pastors, Leadership, Preaching|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Learning from Giants: 3 Authentic Ways to Learn from Gifted Preachers

This seems like a safe support group, so I’ll just say it: “My name is Kevin, and sometimes I have preacher envy.”

When I hear great preaching, part of me appreciates the clarity and beauty of the Gospel; another part of me thinks, “I wish I could preach like that.”

I remember listening to lectures on preaching by Tim Keller, and even […]

By |2019-01-01T19:28:36-06:00September 28th, 2018|Categories: For Pastors, Preaching|Tags: |1 Comment

Funny You Said That: Stewardship and Humor (Giving, Part 3)

From LeaderWorks: helping leaders do their work.

Normally, you wouldn’t find a blog post on humor mentioned in a series on Stewardship, Giving, and Generosity. The topic of stewardship and giving is not an easy one to speak about. It makes some people feel very uncomfortable. Both speaker and listener share long moments of angst when the topic is raised […]

By |2019-01-10T16:50:52-06:00August 31st, 2018|Categories: For Pastors, Generosity, Preaching|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

A Rector’s Preaching Summit

Over at LeaderWorks, I wrote a short blog about the preaching role of the Rector.  Read it here.  And buried in the last part of the article is a small link to a HUGE opportunity for Rectors of congregations.  LeaderWorks and the American Anglican Council are sponsoring a “summit” […]

By |2019-01-10T16:51:03-06:00August 16th, 2018|Categories: For Pastors, Preaching|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Five Reasons Why You Should Focus on Your Pulpit

Anglicans love liturgy. This has always been true, but in the past couple of decades, I’ve seen more and more young clergy who are especially enamored with the formational impact of rightly ordered worship.

I would imagine this phenomenon is due mostly to a generation of young priests drawn to the Anglican way from a low church […]

By |2019-04-01T16:20:25-05:00August 14th, 2018|Categories: Preaching|Tags: , , , , , , , , |2 Comments

Yanny vs. Laurel, Pentecost, and What People Hear

For the record, I hear Laurel. I can’t not hear Laurel. My wife hears Yanny. I’ll let you know how that works out.

This latest viral sensation, similar to ‘The Dress’ before it, plays on the maddening subjectivity of human perception. Whether it’s sight or sound, we take our sensory perception as bedrock and when […]

By |2019-04-21T17:12:01-05:00May 18th, 2018|Categories: Preaching|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

10 Ways to Preach the Easter Sunday Sermon

Talk about pressure—the Resurrection is the biggest event in the history of the world. Individuals and families who rarely darken the doors of a church will find their way into your sanctuary on Easter. While our culture has morphed the moment into lilies, butterflies, eggs, and bunnies, people still desire to hear this story. And why not? It […]

By |2019-04-12T16:47:30-05:00March 27th, 2018|Categories: Liturgy & Worship, Pastoral Ministry, Preaching|Tags: , , , |16 Comments

Announcement: Giving Up is Coming Soon!

It’s Ready

After years of gathering ideas, studying Scripture, preaching “The Money Talk”, collecting three decades worth of wisdom…and months of writing and re-writing, the book is finished. 

We took our final pass at it with our red pens and now it lives with the publisher and then onto the printer…and then I […]

The Reformation Anglicanism Essential Library

Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali, The Rev. Dr. Jensen, The Rev. Dr. John Yates, III, Dr. Ashley Null, and Bishop Ben Kwashi–these are the modern-day Anglican scholars and bishops that are teaming together to write a 6-volume work on Reformation Anglicanism. The first edition is out (The Reformation Anglicanism Essential Library, Volume 1). And it is great!

An Interview with an Editor

A […]

By |2020-07-07T16:06:46-05:00May 23rd, 2017|Categories: Anglicanism, Leadership, Pastoral Ministry, Preaching|Tags: , |0 Comments

He is Risen!!

The Driving Force

“Why did Christianity arise, and why did it take the shape it did? The early Christians themselves reply: We exist because of Jesus’ resurrection…there is no evidence for a form of early Christianity in which the resurrection was not a central belief. Nor was this belief, as it were, bolted on to Christianity at the edge. It was […]

By |2019-01-10T16:53:46-06:00April 16th, 2017|Categories: For Pastors, Preaching|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The Whiplash of Holy Week

Holy Week is the “Week of Whiplash.” The highs in the Story of Palm Sunday are followed all too quickly by the shouts from the crowd calling for His death. Then He slow-walks the next days: from the Garden to the Courtyard to the Praetorium to the Streets to the Calvary Hill to the Cross to the End to the Tomb […]

By |2019-03-17T11:45:37-05:00April 12th, 2017|Categories: Church Year, Preaching|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Holy Week and the Cross of Christ: Notes and Quotes

Here is a small collection of quotes and comments about the Cross and Holy Week that I have collected over the years. They are sermon starters, devotional nudges, and deep expressions of our faith and love of Jesus Christ and the Cross He endured. May the Lord richly bless you all in the Holy Week. 

I am praying with and for […]

(An) Anglican(‘s) Opinion: Priests are not Sacramental Specialists

This post is a part of Rookie Anglican, a blog dedicated to Making Anglicanism Accessible.

“The more things change, the more things stay the same.” ~ Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr

What They Are Saying About The Trinity

It was the whole Trinity, which at the beginning of creation said, “Let us make man”. It was the whole Trinity again, which at the beginning of the Gospel seemed to say, “Let us save man”.

— J. C. Ryle

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you […]

By |2020-06-01T09:50:06-05:00May 19th, 2016|Categories: Preaching|Tags: , , |2 Comments

Help for that Tricky Trinity Sunday Sermon

For many years, when I preached or taught on the Holy Trinity, I always started by saying basically the same thing, something like this:

“I am as unsure as anyone how the doctrine of the Trinity makes sense or is directly relevant to daily life. However, it is a true biblical and Christian belief, and it is important, even if we […]

By |2022-03-21T11:45:22-05:00May 18th, 2016|Categories: For Pastors, Preaching|Tags: , , |3 Comments

Preaching Like a TED Talk?

Sir Ken Robinson is a first-class speaker. I’ll never forget the first time I heard and watched his enthralling TED talk on the systemic flaws of education in our time. I listened to Robinson’s TED talk in the animated adaptation by the brilliant folk at RSA Animate. Robinson describes how the modes and methods of public education […]

By |2019-01-01T19:28:49-06:00April 17th, 2016|Categories: For Pastors, Preaching|Tags: , , |1 Comment

5 Big Mistakes I’ve Made in Preaching

I’m not the best preacher, but after 18 years of preaching, I’ve learned some from my own mistakes. To spare you, I’ve listed some of the biggest ones here:

Not believing in Preaching Itself

I would hope we all believe in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Believe it, and always preach it. If not, you shouldn’t be preaching at all. But we […]

By |2022-03-21T11:45:26-05:00January 13th, 2016|Categories: For Pastors, Preaching|Tags: , , , |0 Comments