October 20, 2017

What’s Wrong With The Sermon? III: “I don’t understand it.”

The third in a series of posts examining the basics of good contemporary preaching. This post is not about people whose communication skills are too poor to get the job done. If you are ignorant, or mumble or can’t get a talk organized in any sort of comprehensible way, the road for you is clear […]

What’s Wrong With The Sermon? II: It’s Boring

In an entertainment addicted, spiritually depraved culture, the Christian message will never escape the charge of being boring, so preachers should tell God’s story clearly, creatively and persuasively, but without trading the Gospel for the applause of an audience. Today’s criticism:2. The sermon is boring. What did we do before the word boring was invented? […]

What’s Wrong With The Sermon?: It’s Too Long

A new Internet Monk series examining the basics of good preaching by listening to common criticisms. I’ve been preaching for…well…longer than a lot of you have been on earth. Thirty-four years ago next month I preached my first sermon, and I’ve been at it ever since. I currently preach sixteen times a month, and I […]

The Sanity Verses

Sometimes, I don’t need inspiration. What I need is just my sanity. I don’t need verses that tell me I’m about to see a miracle. I need something that says God wants me to make it to tomorrow, and still be able to be useful. Sometimes I need to know that God doesn’t always want […]

Apologized and Revised: Looking For the Elusive, Mysterious “Reformed, Calvinistic” Tent

Just before I left for work this morning, I made a several discoveries: First, I discovered that “c.t.” in the current essay’s comment thread is a person who has been feeding off my web-sites for several weeks now. Second, I discovered that this same person was the source of the original “Reformed/Calvinistic Tent” quote that […]

The Prodigal Project

For the last three months, I’ve been leading a study of the story of the prodigal son in a men’s Bible study here at OBI. We met twice a week, and I simply took the study whatever direction was interesting to me. It’s been a lot of fun, and I have a lot of material […]

The Last Laugh In The Least Likely Place

The Last Laugh In The Least Likely Place (Holy Saturday ’04) A reader at Josh Claybourn’s blog writes On the Christian calendar, today is Holy Saturday. It marks a kind of pause in the “Triduum,” the three days from the Last Supper on Maundy Thursday until the triumphant dawn of Easter Sunday. For the modern […]