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How to Find The Perfect Sermon Illustration in Less Time (A Free Guide)

How to Find The Perfect Sermon Illustration in Less Time (A Free Guide)

One of the most challenging and time-consuming aspects of sermon planning is finding a good sermon illustration—or latch—for your sermon. How do you find one that truly resonates without spending hours and hours searching? To that end, I’ve created a 5-step guide to finding your latch. You’ll learn an efficient and effective process you can use every week to find a sermon illustration that connects (steps 1-4 take only 4 minutes total!). Click through to learn more!

Lenten Sermons: Before You Preach, Mind the Gap

Lenten Sermons: Before You Preach, Mind the Gap

Preaching through lent requires significant theological knowledge. What do you know? What don’t you know? How do you know? Using this 4-step process, discover your gaps in knowledge so you can prep more efficiently and effectively for honest sermons that capture the true nature of God.

Learning to Read the Untold Stories of Scripture (A Guest Post)

Learning to Read the Untold Stories of Scripture (A Guest Post)

Scripture—lectio divina, the Daily Office, biblical scholarship, and community study—has been a passion of mine before I knew the words to call it. This part of my life has held a privileged place in my schedule for so long, that I came up surprised and saddened to begin to realize just how much of our scriptures I had been neglecting.

A New Year's Challenge for Preachers: Reset Your Calendar in 2019

A New Year's Challenge for Preachers: Reset Your Calendar in 2019

When we keep piling on the responsibilities without consideration for the prep time involved, the investment of energy required to engage, or the precedent it might be setting—then our calendars rule us instead of us ruling our calendars. That’s when preaching gets stuffed into the cracks and margins of ministry, and we end up feeling overwhelmed and exhausted by our self-defeating Sisyphisian attempts to “get on top of” our responsibilities.

9 Ways to Ensure Your Last Sermon of the Weekend is as Strong as Your First

9 Ways to Ensure Your Last Sermon of the Weekend is as Strong as Your First

When you preach the same sermon across multiple services, there can be a drop in energy, enthusiasm, or presence as the morning wears on. How do you maintain focus and attention so that each event receives the fullness of your abilities?

The Key to Deeper Insight & Broader Perspective (+ 3 Recommendations)

The Key to Deeper Insight & Broader Perspective (+ 3 Recommendations)

Collaboration invites us beyond our own limited understanding to gain new insights and consider other perspectives. It refines our ideas and helps us solve problems that seem insurmountable alone. Not only is the burden of sermon prep lightened, our authentic connection to our listeners is expanded. We are simply better when we are working together.

The Preacher's Trust: A Practice for Becoming a Better Preacher

The Preacher's Trust: A Practice for Becoming a Better Preacher

To become a better golfer, there are clear skills one can practice to improve. But what if you want to become a better preacher? The Preacher’s Trust offers ten areas to which preachers can dedicate consistent effort in order to see growth in their life, spirituality, and craft.