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How should a pastor respond to an encouraging word said about his 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

Posted in Preaching, The Pastor's Soul

How much should a preacher rely on the thoughts of others when preparing a sermon?

All pastors are not tempted to preach someone else’s sermons, but most rely on the opinions, insights, and scholarly wisdom of others by way of commentaries, language tools, and theological writings.   Let’s face it: we live in a blessed day

Posted in Preaching

What produces a powerful sermon?

There are many correct answers to this question:  the power of the Word of God, the filling and movement of the Holy Spirit, the giftedness of the preacher, the eagerness of the people to hear, all could be mentioned when this question

Posted in Preaching

How can a pastor prepare his own heart for a funeral?

Because there are so many elements to plan and logistics to prepare for, it is not uncommon for the pastor to have all his words prepared, service planned out, everyone in place, processional details checked off, and realize an essential

Posted in Funerals, Preaching
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