This week we concluded a five-week preaching course at Christ Church London, by reflecting on the emotional and spiritual life of the preacher. Over the years, I’ve learnt so many things about the practicalities of preaching, crafting sermons, the art of delivery… I have plenty more still to learn. But the most precious lessons I’ve…
What is contextualisation and how should we do it? A recording from a recent online hangout for The Broadcast Network (video)
Five good reasons, and one bad reason, for why I enjoy preaching sermons on difficult passages.
A preaching illustration about sin and the stuff we keep hidden inside.
So with my tongue lodged somewhere in the vicinity of my cheek, here are four vaguely interconnected observations from my first stab at live multisite preaching.
Comparing two approaches to Hamlet. Which is more truthful? And which is more beautiful? And what does that have to do with preaching?
How does a fox rid itself of fleas? An illustration of the cross.
A judge pronounces a sentence and then steps down from the bench and pays the very fine he has just handed out. A common metaphor for the gospel, brought to life this week in the story of Magistrate Nigel Allcoat. But before you rush to squeeze it into your Sunday sermon, here are two thoughts…
Previously I argued that jargon words operate like suitcases. But the nature of a carrying device is that it can be used for transporting bad things as well as good (hence regular looking suitcases get destroyed in train stations all the time, for fear that they may contain bombs!)
Should we entirely eradicate jargon from our preaching? I say no…