Irresponsible Preaching

By Robert Reid and Lucy Lind Hogan
Bob remembers clearly the moment during his pastor’s sermon on the evils of gambling when the preacher stepped over the line. The preacher was earnest and clearly well… read more

3 Reasons to Preach the Epistles

By Thomas G. Long
Preachers sometime shy away from preaching on the letters of the New Testament. There are a number of reasons why this is so. The lectionary tilts toward the… read more

Plagiarism and Preaching

By Richard C. Stern
We're often asked at Ministry Matters whether credit needs to be given for materials used. The short answer is "no" for things that are intended for use in worship, like sermon… read more

Bridging the Ideal and Reality of Sermon Preparation

By Michael C. Voigts
When asked about the general method of preaching, John Wesley replied, “To invite, to convince, to offer Christ, to build up; and to do this in some measure in every… read more

Can You Preach on Something You Haven't Mastered?

By Ron Edmondson
I often get emails from pastors wondering, Can I, as a pastor, preach about a subject that I know I’m struggling with or an area I know that I’m weak in? You may have … read more

Lousy Sermons

By Allan R. Bevere
I will confess fully—I have indeed preached lousy sermons. It's not that I have failed to prepare, nor that I have not offered my work to the Lord in prayer. But sometimes… read more
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