By Michael Duduit on Dec 20, 2016
Stories transport us into another world. They hold our attention.
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 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 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 Sam Allberry on Jun 19, 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 Sermoncentral on Dec 17, 2015
Hal Seed: "Reading these Christmas stories moves me to worship and bow before him. Then I am ready to consider how to preach it."
By Mark Batterson on Jun 10, 2020
An interview with Mark Batterson discussing rabbinic stories and how to "pray circles" around your sermon.
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 Sermoncentral on Jul 5, 2014
Here's a five-minute recap of the week's biggest news stories. Make sure you're in-the-know before you step into the pulpit this Sunday.
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 Evy Yohner on Apr 26, 2017
These stories are like rare pearls, collecting from a way of “doing” missions no longer done, when intrepid men and women sacrificed everything to obey God’s voice.
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.