How to Preach Topical Sermons

Leadership and Ministry

I know that there are some preachers that are very against topical sermons. It is expository or nothing. While I’m sympathetic to this, I don’t fully agree. I think there are times when a topical […]

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A Helpful Exercise For My Preaching

Leadership and Ministry

While pastoring is more than preaching, developing my preaching skills is high on my priorities. There is one thing I do that I find is very helpful in this area. I always write out a […]

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Preaching to a Diverse Audience

Leadership and Ministry

I love my church, especially in its diversity. We are have a variety of ethnic groups, ages and people with disabilities. It is something to celebrate but it is also a challenge, especially for preaching. […]

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I Wish I Wrote My Sermons Like This Before

Leadership and Ministry

I am so happy with my new routine for writing sermons. I wish I started doing this twenty years ago. The funny thing is I began this out of necessity. My wife has started at […]

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Apologetics and Preaching

Apologetics and Theology

While I consider myself an apologist, my primary role is that of a pastor of a local church. But I don’t find these roles to be contradictory. I try to include apologetics in my pastoral […]

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Important Tools for Pastors

Leadership and Ministry

When it comes to pastoring, some of the most popular resources are in the area of leadership and other practical ministry tools. But I would suggest that pastors, especially those just beginning their ministry, work […]

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Why I Still Use Greek and Hebrew as a Pastor

Leadership and Ministry

My wife is starting to take New Testament Greek at McMaster Divinity College, the seminary where I studied. But why do people who study for Christian ministry even need to study the original languages, such […]

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31 Days to Become a Better Pastor: Invest in Your Preaching

Pastor

In smaller churches, pastors are equated with preachers. But even in larger churches, many pastors have preaching as one of their responsibilities, although perhaps not every week. After preaching for a number of years, it […]

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Questions to Ask When Using PowerPoint for Sermons

Leadership and Ministry

I remember a time when no one used PowerPoint for sermons. In fact, I can remember when I first saw (and not just heard) a pastor preach using PowerPoint. I thought it was pretty amazing […]

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Preaching With Cultural Intelligence – Review

Preaching With Cultural Intelligence

As a pastor of a local church who preaches weekly, I’m always looking to improve my craft. This includes reading books on preaching. But how many ways can someone tell you to find the meaning […]

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Four Ways That I Structure Sermons

Sermons

One of my favourite activities as a pastor is the writing and preaching of sermons. I love finding the intersection between biblical truth and the real needs of my congregation. But what should a sermon […]

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Who Should Sunday Worship Services Be Aimed At?

Sunday Worship

One of the things that I have noticed about contemporary Christian ministry is there is disagreement over the purpose and aim of Sunday worship services. The two options for the focus are: Christians who are […]

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On Being a Pastor and Teacher

Leadership and Ministry

Between my time as the pastor of Woodford Baptist Church/First Baptist Church Meaford and my current church of Queen Street Baptist Church, I had an opportunity to wrestle with my calling. During that time, I […]

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The One Thing That Has Improved My Sermon Delivery More Than Anything Else

Sermon

I believe that good biblical content is the key to any sermon. However, if that content is not delivered effectively, the congregation will struggle to learn from the good teaching. There has been one thing […]

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How Long Should a Sermon Series Be?

Sermon

I don’t think that there is any one answer to how long a sermon series should be. At the same time, there are some good decisions we can make to help our messages be most […]

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Teaching Teams in a Local Church

Teaching Teams

I recently listened to an episode of the Pastor Talk podcast on teaching teams. Teaching teams are when the preaching in a local church is shared between two or more pastors. This episode had some […]

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Why I Can’t Tell You How Long Sermon Prep Takes

Leadership and Ministry

I sometimes get asked about how long it takes me to prepare for a sermon. The usual writing of it while sitting at the computer takes between an hour and an hour and a half. […]

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What’s the Difference Between Teaching and Preaching?

Preaching

Is there a difference between preaching and teaching? There certainly is overlap. There are some larger churches that have a position called teaching pastor. What is meant by that is that this pastor is released […]

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Why I Don’t Preach From a Manuscript

Preach

For many years I preached from a manuscript. There was no way that I was going up to a pulpit with a full manuscript. I actually introduced a welcoming time (passing of the peace) at […]

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7 Steps in My Sermon Preparation

Leadership and Ministry

When I began my studies at seminary, I had no desires to be a preacher. However, over the years preaching has become one of my favourite aspects of being a pastor. Every pastor has a […]

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Preaching on Disabilities

Disability and Faith

I truly believe that the pastor needs to take the lead on helping a church to become disability-friendly. This can happen in many ways, but one is to preach on disabilities. There are a number […]

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A Major Shift in My Sermon Preparation

Sermon Preparation

I have recently participated in two different training events on preaching. While both events were very different, there was one concept that came up in each of them. It had to do with sermon preparation. […]

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5 Things I Do For Sermon Preparation

Leadership and Ministry

When I met with one of the faculty as I began my studies at McMaster Divinity College twenty years ago, I made it clear that I wanted to be a pastor but I didn’t want […]

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What is the Difference Between a Speech and a Sermon?

Sermon

I was asked today on Facebook about the difference between a speech and a sermon. I thought that was a good question and so I have decided to look more closely at it. What is […]

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4 Things That Pastors Need to Remember About Their Congregation

Pastors

One of the biggest challenges for pastors is preparing one sermon for a congregation that is extremely diverse in their knowledge and experience. It is impossible to design a message that will touch everyone where […]

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Pastors Should Take a Compliment

Pastors

I remember the feelings that I experienced as I began my pastoral ministry, especially around the role of preaching. I knew that I had to work hard at writing the message and presenting it in […]

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A Vision for Preaching

Preaching

Now that I am back in pastoral ministry, I am doing some more reading in the area of preaching. One of the books that came my way was A Vision for Preaching: Understanding the Heart […]

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What I Use for Sermon Notes

Sermon Notes

For a long time I would always bring a full manuscript with me to the pulpit. I would make notes in the margins, underline certain words or sentences and perhaps highlight main points. I was […]

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Expository or Topical Preaching?

Preaching

I have attended and visited churches that have different philosophies of preaching. Some churches seem to be purely topical. Each week is a topic such as mental health, finances, prayer and so forth. These can […]

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2015: Year in Review

This year began with me being semi-employed, having been laid off from Faith Today at the end of October. This year was a year in which we really needed to rely on God and God […]

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How I Write a Sermon

Leadership and Ministry

I have been preaching sermons for almost twenty years. Hopefully my skills have developed during that time. I know that I have learned a lot, both through the good responses and the less than good […]

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5 Things You Can Do While Your Pastor is Preaching

Pastor

What do you do when your pastor preaches? Do you zone out? Do you play with your phone (text, Facebook, etc.)? Do your try and listen? Listening to a sermon does not have to be […]

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How to Write a Sermon

Leadership and Ministry

Ideally a preacher will have had time to formally study preaching/homiletics in a Bible college or seminary before presenting their first sermon. That should include practice with feedback from the teacher and/or class. Mentoring by […]

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5 Things to Do If You Do Not “Feel Fed” at Church

Leadership and Ministry

I often hear people complaining that they do not feel fed at church. By this they usually mean they do not like the pastor’s sermons. I will admit that I have been there before, although I […]

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What are You Made Of?

This is my sermon from this morning at Queensway Baptist Church. 2 Timothy 2:20-21 Introduction Change is not something that comes easily. I have sometimes joked that I don’t mind change as long as it […]

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5 Ways to Preach Apologetically

It is important for pastors to prepare their congregations for apologetic encounters. It may be difficult to get people to an apologetics small group or Sunday school class, but a pastor can still make an […]

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Preaching at Queensway

On July 6, I will have the privilege of preaching at my home church of Queensway Baptist Church in Brantford. I will be continuing the series on 1 & 2 Timothy that we have been […]

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Pastors, Congregations and Expectations

Leadership and Ministry

When people leave a church, the most common reason is, “I just wasn’t being fed.” So they go to some other church where they are fed, until they find another church that will feed them […]

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5 Ways That Pastors Can Introduce Apologetics Into Their Ministry

Apologetics and Theology

So you are a pastor who has caught a vision for apologetics. But how do you do that? Will people be overwhelmed? How do you bring up apologetics in a non-academic setting? Here are five […]

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4 Things for a Preacher to Remember

Preacher

Pulpit ministry is both a tremendous privilege and responsibility. For many people in the congregation, it is their only interaction with the Bible. A pastor cannot take this lightly. It is not enough to just […]

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Too Many Preachers Are Speaking in Tongues

This is not an attack on Pentecostals. Rather it is so easy to preach in a way that people do not understand. The two extremes are that preachers give sermons heavy with theological terms or […]

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Six Surprises of Easter

Easter

Introduction Some surprises are good and some are bad.  I remember some bad ones.  I remember biting into what I thought was a chocolate donut and finding out it was a pumpernickel bagel or what […]

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5 Questions for Effective Communication

Leadership and Ministry

I have been enjoying Andy Stanley’s leadership podcast.  It is a great resource that I would highly recommend.  One of the podcasts that I particularly enjoyed was on effective communication.  This would include preaching as […]

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Study That Matters

I am currently going through Richard Baxter’s The Reformed Pastor.  I will give a more detailed response later but I will share a quote from the book that I thought was quite good. It is […]

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