How to Preach Without a Manuscript

Preach

For years I was convinced that I needed a full manuscript in front of me to preach. I don’t have a great memory and was not able to memorize the sermon no matter hard I […]

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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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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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5 Apologetics Topics Pastors Can Preach On

Apologetics

I am both an apologist and a pastor. I do not see those as two different vocations, but rather two aspects of the same calling. I believe that it is important for pastors to integrate […]

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5 Different People That Pastors Preach To

Preach

The challenge for preaching is that most churches don’t have a homogeneous congregation. The people who are listening to the message are coming from different backgrounds and perspectives. I think that its is a mistake […]

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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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Faith, Doubt and the Unexpected

Sermons

A sermon preached at Queen Street Baptist Church on Luke 7:18-28. Introduction Would you describe yourself as gullible or skeptical? I must confess that one of my guilty privileges is having fun with gullible people. […]

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I Believe. Yes, Sir!

Sermons

A message based on Luke 7:1-10 preached at Queen Street Baptist Church. Introduction What would it take to amaze you? Depending on your life experience, it might be difficult for you to be surprised or taken […]

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To Judge or Not to Judge

Sermons

A sermon based on Luke 6:37-42 preached at Queen Street Baptist Church. Introduction It has been observed that we live in a post-Christian society, where many people both inside and outside the church are not […]

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Tough Love: What Does It Mean To Love Our Enemies?

Love

A sermon based on Luke 6:27-36 and preached at Queen Street Baptist Church. Introduction I don’t think that I need to preach too hard on the importance of love. I’m sure that there are very few […]

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What is So Triumphal About the Triumphal Entry?

Sermons

A sermon based on Mark 11:1-11 preached at Queen Street Baptist Church. Introduction I have been stuck in traffic many times in my life. Once I was even an hour and a half late for […]

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Blessings and Woes in an Upside Down World

Blessings and Woes

A sermon that looks at the blessings and woes in Luke 6:17-26 preached at Queen Street Baptist Church. Introduction God bless you! When are you most likely to hear that? While we should hear it a […]

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What is a Baptist?

Sermons

This is a sermon that was preached at Queen Street Baptist Church as part of CBOQ Sunday. Introduction This is Queen Street Baptist Church. Queen Street BAPTIST Church. We belong to the Canadian BAPTISTS of […]

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Give It a Rest

Sermons

A sermon preached at Queen Street Baptist Church based on Luke 6:1-11. Introduction Having moved back to St. Catharines, it has brought back a lot of memories of the way things used to be. What […]

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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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The Miracle Worker

Sermons

A sermon based on Luke 5:12-32 preached at Queen St Baptist Church. Introduction There have been a number of movies that have stuck with me as having a real impact. One of those movies was […]

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All You Need is Love

Love

A sermon preached at Queen Street Baptist Church based on 1 John 4:7-12. Introduction If we were to tune into a random radio station, how long do you think it would take for us to […]

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Caught in Jesus’ Net

Jesus

A sermon preached at Queen Street Baptist Church based on Luke 5:1-11. Introduction I have accomplished many things in my life that I never thought that I would. I never thought I would write a book. […]

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So You Think You Know Jesus?

Jesus

A sermon I preached at Queen Street Baptist Church based on Luke 4:14-30. Introduction What we are going to be looking at today is the story of Jesus returning to his hometown of Nazareth and the […]

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Trusting Like Jesus

Sermons

This is a sermon titled “Trusting Like Jesus” based on Luke 4:1-13 that I preached at Queen St Baptist Church. Introduction One of the things that I really love about the Bible is that there […]

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Repent!

Sermons

“Repent” is a sermon I preached at Queen Street Baptist Church based on Luke 3:1-14 Introduction A pastor colleague suggested that my first sermon as the pastor of QSBC should be on John the Baptist’s […]

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A Gospel for Everyone

Sermons

Gospel of Luke: A Gospel for Everyone preached at Queen Street Baptist Church Acts 2:14-21 Introduction There are so many things that we as a Christian congregation could look at. We have 66 books of the […]

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Apologetics in the Real World

Sermons

1 Peter 3:13-16 Introduction I have many roles in my life of ministry. I am a guest preacher, a Bible college teacher, an army chaplain and a writer. One of the roles that I really […]

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Faith Test: Truth

Sermons

1 John 5:1-12 Introduction   As we come to the end of our series on 1 John, we have seen that John expects certain things to go along with the faith. We are to take […]

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Faith Test: Child of God

Sermons

1 John 2:28-3:10 Introduction One of the underlying themes in John’s letter, one that has influenced every part of the Faith Test, is that there should be a family resemblance in our relationship with God. […]

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Faith Test: Incarnation

1 John 2:18-27, 4:1-3 Introduction We are going to be looking today at the doctrine of the incarnation, that is that God the Son became human in such a way that he was fully God […]

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The Lord is With You

Sermons

This is the sermon I preached for the 160th anniversary of Woodford Baptist Church. Judges 6:11-18 Introduction Of all the judges, Gideon is one of my favourites. Most of the other judges are fairly one-dimensional […]

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Faith Test: The World

Sermons

A sermon based on 1 John 2:15-17 that was preached at Toronto Chinese Baptist Church. Introduction Flee from the things of the world! Avoid worldly influences! What does that even mean? When I was a new Christian, […]

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Faith Test: Sin

Sermons

1 John 1:5-2:2 Introduction What does it mean to be a Christian? Well, that is easy, you just believe in Jesus. Yes, faith in Christ is the foundation of the protestant church. People become Christians […]

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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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I’ve Got the Power!

Sermons

A sermon I preached at Toronto Chinese Baptist Church. Genesis 45:1-11 Introduction I need to make a confession about one of the most satisfying experiences that I had as a teenager. As a child, I […]

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Getting the Big Job

Sermons

The following is a sermon that I preached at Toronto Chinese Baptist Church. Genesis 41:41-46 Introduction When I was a child, the thing that was most interesting to me was the army. I am not […]

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Watch Your Tongue

James

A message based on James 3:1-12. Introduction I love to have opportunities to preach. It is such an honour to be able to dig into the Scriptures and to build bridges between the original context […]

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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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How Do You Recognize a Good Church?

Sermons

A sermon preached at First Baptist Church based on Acts 4:32-35. Introduction Sometimes we have preconceived ideas about what something looks like. I remember the first time I met Mike Allen, the former padre in […]

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Beware the Grasshoppers

Sermons

A sermon based on Numbers 13:1-3, 25-33 preached at First Baptist Church Meaford. Introduction Can you remember doing something for the first time and feeling inadequate? There are so many times that I can’t even count them. […]

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What are You Made Of?

Sermons

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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What Noise Are You Making?

Sermons

This is a sermon that I preached at the 161st anniversary service at First Baptist Church, Owen Sound. Ezra 3:10-13 Introduction Anniversaries are special events for churches, something that not every tradition understands. An anniversary […]

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Ministry Reflection Eight

Ministry

Christian leaders need to learn to take a compliment.  Early on I picked up on the assumption that pastors are supposed to reject all compliments.  If someone tells you they enjoyed your sermon/Bible study/article, quickly […]

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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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Did Jesus Die on the Cross and Rise Again?

Sermons

1 Corinthians 2:1-2, 15:12-17 Introduction Have you ever been in some sort of sales transaction or contract? All sorts of details are being presented and the other person goes on and on and on. As […]

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