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How should a pastor respond when he is praised for a good sermon?

“Great job…good sermon…that really spoke to me.”  The list of phrases a pastor may hear as church members exit the church goes on.  Inevitably, whether the sermon was good or not, these quick comments will be spoken to us with

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What is Love according to 1 Corinthians 13?

As I am in the middle of preaching through 1 Corinthians, I am amazed at the depth of truth and insight I had not seen before.  This is a common result each time I preach through a book of the Bible.  I

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How do you teach a child, “What is a pastor?”

I once was asked to address a classroom filled with 4-6 year old children and try to explain to them what a pastor is and does.  I accepted, not because I felt I could do this well (far from it),

Posted in Home and Family, Hospital Visitation, Preaching

How does a pastor address his unnecessary speech fillers in prayers and sermons?

Umm…Lord we just…you know…(lip smack)…Father God…uhh…and we just…Father God…(lipsmack)…umm…Lord we just…uhh…(deep breath)… you know… Father God…umm…you know…that we all have them.  They come in different shapes, sizes, and expressions, but we all have them.  Those who claimed to have never

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