By H.b. Charles, Jr. on May 3, 2022
People should not leave the sermon having learned more about the preacher than Christ. When we stand to preach the word, we should prayerfully whisper to ourselves, “You are not the story.”
By Joe Mckeever on Mar 18, 2019
There are a thousand reasons for dropping the occasional story into your sermon, pastor. Here are the top three.
By Sherman Haywood Cox on Aug 3, 2020
Stories are powerful, but how do we make the points of our sermon while keeping the integrity of the Bible story that we are preaching?
By Sermoncentral on Mar 16, 2016
This Easter, let's get out of the way and let the cross tell the story of Easter.
By Peter Mead on Jul 17, 2018
Frequently, God felt that having the truth clothed in the genre of story was the best option.
By Joe Mckeever on Dec 17, 2016
Tell it with gusto and love. Tell the story of the birth of Jesus with all the excitement of someone hearing it for the first time. Tell the story without detouring into theories and guesses and myths and controversies.
By Ron Geyer on May 28, 2021
Actors know that where a story is told can influence how or whether the story is heard. It's true whether your story comes from Shakespeare or Solomon.
By Sam Allberry on Oct 25, 2017
Too many of us view the resurrection of Jesus as little more than a nice, happy conclusion to the gospel story. But the Easter story isn’t just “what happens next” to Jesus after his death. It doesn’t just wrap up the story; it fulfills it. In fact, there really is no story without it.
By Joy Moore on Jun 8, 2012
Even if your illustration comes from a real-life experience, it must also be "real life" for your listener.
By Eugene Peterson on Jun 17, 2013
Before Eugene Peterson was a professor and writer, he was a pastor. Here's his wise counsel regarding handling God's word.
By H.b. Charles, Jr. on Dec 1, 2018
We assume our congregations know the biblical story and doctrinal meaning of Christmas. So we avoid major texts and look for something new or novel to say about the old, old story.
By David Vroege on Dec 15, 2020
How do you go about breathing fresh meaning into a story everyone has already heard?
By Carolyn C. Givens on May 12, 2021
"My soul cries out for modern parables that leave me thinking about the Creator of the Universe – the Storyteller whose words sustain and move the pieces of time and space."
By Walter Wangerin Jr. on Apr 13, 2013
Walter Wangerin suggests we don't have to worry about making the text "new" every time we preach.
By Sherman Haywood Cox on Sep 25, 2020
Great preachers preach both the unfamiliar as well as the familiar stories.