Tag: Preaching

The attention span of an adult is [insert Google factoid here].

a) is that true? b) does that matter? Two thoughts strike the average preacher, and can irritate us until we work out how they are related. The first is, no matter how long we preach for, people will always ask us to preach shorter sermons.  (if people don’t say this to your face, you can

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More than enough for any preacher

I’d had more than enough of being an itinerant preacher. For the past dozen years or so I’ve been free of Sunday pastoral responsibilities (I’ve had family responsibilities, of course), and so I’ve tracked round the place helping out friends who were on their own and needed a visitor to say the same things in

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2013 Top posts #4 – My 10 top take-aways from Matt Chandler

We had a really encouraging and enthusiastic afternoon with Matt Chandler. Here are my top takeaways:- Parents – We need to keep articulating the gospel, otherwise our kids will believe that either legalism or licence is the way to go. The gospel must NOT be assumed Otherwise we, and they, will continually want to get

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2013 Top posts #8 – Why no-one was converted, and I wasn’t that surprised

I don’t think anyone became a Christian that night, and it’s not that surprising. The passage  was unusual, certainly, and I doubt if more than a handful of people there were familiar with it. But that shouldn’t really have been an issue because a good biblical theology would have been able to travel from there

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What did the Reformation ever do for us?

It was one of the foundational insights of the Reformers – the priesthood of all believers. No more priestly caste, because we confess our sins to “The Reverend One-Another” They even did away with the very word. ‘Presbyter’, or ‘elder’ was preferred, and the anchor point of their work was teaching. But because we are

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How to own every commentary worth owning

Ever since I was an undergraduate I’ve had on my shelves Don Carson’s survey of New Testament commentaries. It’s his notes on every commentary and series that he’s read (a lot), with best buys marked up. It’s gone through various editions, been joined by Tremper Longman’s OT survey, and later this year will have its

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