By Eric Mckiddie on Jul 27, 2016
“Self-starter” is an identity that up-and-coming leaders seek. It means that you take initiative and responsibility without being asked or coerced. You see a problem and you jump on it. No one ever has to tell you what to do. You put on your Nikes and just do it.
But there can be a dark side to self-starters, which is when their interest in beginning new projects and their disinterest in finishing projects are equal.
By Tony Reinke on Jul 25, 2017
The man doting over a smartphone screen, scrolling through media with his fingertips, is like a gorilla meticulously picking out little bugs from his own hair. That was the subversive quip of anthropologist Thomas de Zengotita.
By Peter Mead on Mar 4, 2014
When you finish preaching, where is your listeners' final focus? The answer makes all the difference.
By Ken Burge on Sep 4, 2018
Are you afraid to use yourself as the example for your sermon?
By Bruce Johnson on Oct 20, 2018
Over the past five decades, an insidious trend has crept into American preaching--and not only are most pastors unaware of it, they've embraced it!
By Christina Fox on May 29, 2017
A certain amount of self-evaluation can be good. We should have insight into ourselves, our motives, our choices, and our actions. But sometimes we can go too far. When self-evaluation ends with ourselves instead of pointing us beyond ourselves, there’s a problem.
By Peter Mead on Mar 19, 2014
Where are people looking as they leave? If we're not careful, they will walk out with gaze firmly fixed on self.
By Peter Mead on Jul 6, 2016
Sometimes we have to preach something that is potentially controversial or that may not go down too well. Here are ten pointers to help when that is necessary.
By Joe Mckeever on Sep 21, 2016
You’re sitting in his church listening to him preach. He’s not five minutes into the message before you realize Mr. Hotshot is appearing before you in the flesh. His words and mannerisms give him away.
By Carey Nieuwhof on Dec 4, 2017
There are so many things I would do the same, but there are more than a few things I’d do differently.
By Joe Mckeever on Jun 12, 2013
Are you prone to buy into your own act?
By H.b. Charles, Jr. on Mar 27, 2017
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 Chuck Lawless on May 30, 2017
Most leaders would benefit from more regular evaluations – particularly self-evaluations. Even daily and weekly self-evaluations merit our consideration if we want to lead well, regardless of our position.
By Rick Ezell on Mar 30, 2018
Use these methods to practically reach people suffering from real hurts, problems, doubts, fears, and anxieties gnawing at their faith.
By Joe Mckeever on Aug 9, 2017
To serve people “for Jesus’ sake” means we ask Him how to serve them.