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Are you preaching with no strings attached? Shane Hipps found freedom from the stress of preaching when he became less invested in the outcome of his words and more focused on his work before God.

Practical Idea: Watch this video and spend time in prayer asking God to help you evaluate your motives for preaching and to keep you pure. 

Shane used to have a career in advertising where he worked on Porsche cars.  Eventually he felt compelled to leave it all and attend seminary in California. After graduating, he became the lead pastor of a small Mennonite church in Arizona. Today he is a teaching pastor at Mars Hill Bible Church in Grand Rapids MI.  Despite his vocational whiplash, he has always been driven by one thing– he wants to be a catalyst in people’s movement towards God. These days he does that through teaching, speaking, and writing.

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Michael Holcomb

commented on Jan 28, 2012

Great perspective Shane! Thanks for sharing. This really hit home for me because I'm in the middle of my divestment. You eloquently put words to what I was feeling in my heart. Thank you!

Scott Maxwell

commented on Jan 28, 2012

I thought it was going to be about Preaching Good News plu nothing. Which is the only 'non-strings' preaching. Whether people hear us or not is never the issue, it's are we doing as Jesus-- proclaiming 'Good News for all people'. That is so much more important than what people think of our sermons-- for some people listened to Jesus, while others wanted to 'live by their bibles' and scoffed at His all inclusive acceptance of all.

Jun Ang

commented on Jan 28, 2012

Scott, same here. :-) but then again, what else is new from Rob Bell's church?

Darryl Woodson

commented on Jan 28, 2012

Makes sense Scott - thanks - I am going to do my best to apply this and if I don't - who cares what you think!

Darryl Woodson

commented on Jan 28, 2012

Makes sense Scott - thanks - I am going to do my best to apply this and if I don't - who cares what you think!

Darryl Woodson

commented on Jan 28, 2012

Makes sense Scott - thanks - I am going to do my best to apply this and if I don't - who cares what you think!

Jason Jones

commented on Jan 28, 2012

That would be the same Mars Hill that used to be the home of Rob Bell. I am sure most of us recall his denial of Hell. How much good fruit do people think they can get from a poison tree?

Karen Fraser Moore

commented on Jan 28, 2012

Shane, in "interim ministry" circles, we call this process "self-differentiation." Stepping back emotionally from the situation and not allowing ourselves to be invested in the outcome for which we are present to achieve. Either the people will follow our approach, or they won't and it is their choice - no one but God can affect whether the congregation allows the Holy Spirit to be at work in their midst.

Keith B

commented on Jan 30, 2012

If Shane really wants to focus on God perhaps he ought to get his theology straight.

John Fanning

commented on Jan 30, 2012

Richard Baxter, the Puritan pastor, once said that he was "a dying man preaching to dying men." If we offer the truth capable of saving one's soul, how can we not be brokenearted when that truth is rejected? Is a shepherd indifferent when one sheep is lost? I understand that outcomes cannot be controlled. However, I think grief is appropriate when people do not respond positively to truth.

Fred Gurule

commented on Jan 31, 2012

Thank you shane. This is some out of the box thinking that i will be doing in the coming week, even if you don't care what i do with what i hear. I think i get it. The results are not my responsibility, right? They are the listeners responsibility and God's power to bring about results that God wants. Right? He that has hears to ear hear...It is God that gives the increase... Thanks again.

John E Miller

commented on Feb 1, 2012

Mr Hipps' theory, because that is what it is, is contrary to the word of God clearly expressed, for example in Galatians 4:19.

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