Inspiration & Growth

The Surprising Key to Writing Your Sermon Faster

The Surprising Key to Writing Your Sermon Faster

There are times when muscling a sermon from the blank page through gritted teeth is actually counter-productive. When more is actually less. And when effort is not proportional to results. When we find ourselves dreading the blinking cursor at the top of our empty document, we may want to try a different tool than pure effort.

Easter Inspiration to Guide Your Eastertide Preaching

Easter Inspiration to Guide Your Eastertide Preaching

What might happen were we to learn a few more notes of God’s song of resurrection? What few notes might we add to our own song of being healed, set free, unafraid? And then, what might happen were our new notes to be sung from the pulpit?

A Preacher's Meditation for Maundy Thursday

A Preacher's Meditation for Maundy Thursday

"Not by annihilating the wicked, not by forcibly eliminating evil from among humankind is righteousness to be realized; the Lord wills to rehabilitate the world by turning sinners from evil ways that they may live. And we must admit that this is more difficult than the use of force."

A Preacher's Meditation for Tuesday of Holy Week

A Preacher's Meditation for Tuesday of Holy Week

"The women gather round the cross, fall to their knees in the wet sand and pray. Then they dance round the cross, the symbol of this folly. These women have lost everything—their homes, their families, their jobs and their possessions. They have nothing more to lose—only their chains, but everything to win."

Four Ways a Preaching Community Improves Your Sermons

Four Ways a Preaching Community Improves Your Sermons

One of the most effective ways for preachers to grow and improve is to participate in a collaborative community. Discover how one church builds collaboration and feedback into their staff's weekly rhythm, and see what this kind of support can do for you.

Overcoming Sermon Procrastination: How to Get to Work When You Don't Know Where to Start

Overcoming Sermon Procrastination: How to Get to Work When You Don't Know Where to Start

Sometimes, what looks like procrastination is actually failure to make a decision. After all the decisions we have to make, What am I going to preach? can feel like the Everest of decisions. As a result, we put our sermon prep off. But we can anticipate this difficulty and plan for success. 

How do we overcome the fatigue that causes us to put off our sermon prep? How do we just get started?