By Chris Surber on Mar 23, 2017
In all of our efforts to be relevant are we forgetting the mysterious beauty of God?
By Chris Surber on Oct 21, 2016
Preaching Christ at the funeral of an unbeliever requires the subtle art of careful preaching. It’s as much about what you don’t say as what you do say.
By Chris Surber on Oct 20, 2016
I’ve preached a lot of funerals. Along the way I’ve learned some lessons from others and I’ve learned some lessons the hard way.
By Chris Surber on Sep 1, 2016
He is a poor preacher who gives no offense to his listeners.
By Chris Surber on Sep 9, 2015
"Can I call her up to the front on Sunday morning, have her sit in front of the congregation and use her sin as an example?”
By Chris Surber on May 14, 2015
A working knowledge of Church history teaches us to be humble. Our footprints aren’t the first tracks on this road.
By Chris Surber on Dec 29, 2014
People usually listen closely to your first words--and your last. Make them meaningful.
By Chris Surber on Dec 22, 2014
If we want Christmas preaching to matter, we've got to preach like Christmas matters.
By Chris Surber on Nov 6, 2014
Perhaps your sermon outline is actually a sermon series. Can you tell the difference?
By Chris Surber on Oct 9, 2014
God feels far away. Everybody at home is mad at you. Even the dog won’t talk to you. What do you do when you need to do sermon prep but you just aren’t feeling it?
By Chris Surber on Oct 1, 2014
"Bigger churches can do things smaller cannot do. And little churches do things much larger churches can never do."
By Chris Surber on Sep 18, 2014
The Gospel is for everybody everywhere. Is your sermon?
By Chris Surber on Sep 5, 2014
We have a lot of people genuinely called, sincerely gifted people who struggle to find their way past the gatekeepers in our churches and denominations.
By Chris Surber on Jul 23, 2014
Every church has those things that it clings to that are off the table for change or removal, and usually even for discussion--unless you bring them up.
By Chris Surber on Jun 30, 2014
Every church member carries an agenda in the secret briefcase of their heart. What's their agenda?
By Chris Surber on Jun 18, 2014
Preaching in the abstract means missing real lives and real people. Here are four ways to connect to real people.
By Chris Surber on May 26, 2014
Life isn't a series of problems to be solved. It is a journey to be lived out.
By Chris Surber on Feb 7, 2014
A crowd of non-churchgoers just gathered in a church. Call me crazy. I don't know much. But perhaps you should tell them about Jesus?
By Chris Surber on Jan 17, 2014
"Here is a list of people who have left the church in the last few years. We would like you to call on them to see if you can win a few of them back."
By Chris Surber on Nov 16, 2013
God uses big churches for certain Kingdom jobs, and God uses little churches for specific assignments.
By Chris Surber on Sep 27, 2013
If you have more theological degrees than a thermostat, you might be over-heating Sunday mornings!
By Chris Surber on Aug 22, 2013
When we neglect to develop and maintain active lay ministry in the life of the local church, our churches miss out in at least five ways.
By Chris Surber on Jun 4, 2013
All of God's truth deserves our passionate presentation -- even the parts that appear to be mutually exclusive.
By Chris Surber on May 6, 2013
Preach with a focus to cultivate life together and nurture incarnate community rather than simple gatherings of people.
By Chris Surber on Mar 8, 2013
What is your church doing to train future preachers and pastors?
By Chris Surber on Dec 7, 2012
Love in the pastorate--not logic in the academic hall--wins people to Christ.
By Chris Surber on Oct 29, 2012
The greater the distance between you and your listeners, the easier it is to preach at them. Sharing life with them leads you to preaching the messy way.
By Chris Surber on Oct 10, 2012
Author Chris Surber suggests six avenues to handle the hurt and disappointment so common in pastoral ministry.
By Chris Surber on Aug 14, 2012
Can you bring the goods when life and death are at stake?