Sermon: Why Do Christians Fight Over Homosexuality?
Why Do Christians Fight Over Homosexuality? part of the Wresting With God series by Pastor Ric Shewell
eNote from Pastor Wayne Alloway
In his book, "Dancing with Dinosaurs," Bill Easum tells about a woman who owned the finest winery in all the land. Everything about the winery was superb—the fertile land yielded some of the finest grapes grown anywhere in the world, and the exquisite wooden vats (which had been in her family for ages) nurtured the crushed grapes perfectly. For more than two centuries, people had enjoyed the winery’s world-famous wine But over time the wine developed a bitter taste—and the owner couldn't figure…
5 Reasons Why Pastors Should Not Be Small Group Leaders
Pastors are understood to be and often function as teachers Successful small groups are led by facilitators, not teachers. Facilitators draw out experiences and bolster confidence about sharing. Teachers shape understanding by leading through their own expertise. The expertise of the pastor can overshadow the experience of the members Pastors are authority figures. Even when pastors prioritize functioning as facilitators, their very presence stifles conversation as…
How to Handle Homosexuality in a Sermon
What are we preachers doing and saying that we should not do or say? Conversely, what are we not doing or saying that we should do or say?
We’re getting a new pastor! What can I do?
When leadership changes, so do churches. A pastor who has been there before shares lessons learned and tips to make things work well right from the start.
How pastors talk about Ferguson
After years of wrestling, I settled in a predominately white church. My logic was this: if every white person concerned about racial justice leaves white churches, then there will be few women or men there to help. This Sunday, I worried that Ferguson or other police shootings of African Americans would once again go unmentioned in the sermon or a prayer.
What a Pastor Does (Part 2)
What Do Pastors Do All Week?
I think one of the most common misconceptions of those who have not served as a senior pastor is that a pastor’s work is only the work of preaching. If you look at it that way, it would seem the pastor hardly works at all—perhaps for an hour two or three times each week Yet, when Paul described the “office of a bishop” (pastor), he specifically called it “work.” This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop,…
How to Write a Sermon (Based on 38 Years of Preaching and 2,000+ Sermons)
Here are a few things I have learned in the past 38 years on how to write a sermon.
Rules guide us into maturity. Laws shepherd us to fullness of life. But if we only use rules to control each other, then we will never fully experience what it means to be mature in Christ. Share this: Facebook Twitter Reddit Google More Print Email
Sermon: What’s to Stop Me?
“What’s to Stop Me?” (May 3, 2015) While we tend to see so many labels and categories, fragmenting humanity into different boxes, Jesus and his early followers broke down these ba…
06/23/19 Steve Housley Sermon: Why We Should Evangelize
Our Minister, Steve Housley discusses the importance of Evangelism during our Sunday morning services at Eastern Meadows.
How to Write Sermons for Church Visitors
Anyone who has ever missed a week of school knows what it feels like to be a church visitor walking in on the end of a sermon series. They look around the room and wonder, “Does everyone else know what he’s talking about? Am I the only one who doesn’t get it?” Your church isn’t …
Why Pastors Leave a Church
We discuss a recent post on the non-negative reasons pastors give for leaving a church.
Sermon: How God Views Your Money
Bible Text: 2 Corinthians 8:1-15 | Preacher: Gary Musser | Series: Power through Weakness A study in the Book of 2 Corinthians. Week 19.
Four Reasons Why Pastors Should Quit
We are all painfully aware that there are people in the ministry who never belonged there in the first place.
Five Reasons Some Pastors Are Loners—And Why That's Not Good
Admit our tendencies. Ask God for courage and wisdom to invest in someone else. Find 1-3 other believers into whose lives we might invest ourselves.
Preacher’s Toolkit: How Long Should My Sermons Be?
Hershael York offers four principles to guide how long a sermon ought to be.
How Healthy Are Pastors’ Relationships?
Vital to the health of any pastor, minister, elder or priest are the abundance and vitality of their relational resources. But how hard is ministry on pastor’s families? Do they have close friends? Who leads their church alongside them—and is it working? Barna conducted a major study into how today’s faith leaders are navigating life and leadership in an age of complexity. Here are some findings.
Why 734 Pastors Quit (and How Their Churches Could Have Kept Them)
LifeWay Research studies how churches can help pastors last longer.