John Broadus, a 19th century homiletics professor and seminary president, is considered to be the father of modern day expository preaching. In his book, On the Preparation and Delivery of Sermons, Broadus offers five ways to improve as a preacher (p. xv). Despite who long ago he wrote, each of these avenues is still highly effective today. He says, “Besides treatises on preaching, the chief sources of instruction in homiletics are as follows:”
If you are a pastor with an iPhone, like me, you are probably always looking for the best apps for your iPhone to make it even better. I am completely obsessed with finding the absolute best apps for pastors in the iTunes store. Because of this, I am constantly searching for new apps. Here is my current list of favorites.
Once again, Gallup has examined who Americans regard as the most honest and ethical person in their lives—and found that the answer is not their pastor, but their nurse or pharmacist. In fact, recorded public trust in clergy has now reached an all-time low, with only 47 percent of Americans rating clergy highly on honesty and ethics (compared to 82 percent saying the same about nurses).
The transformation of theology into an academic discipline more associated with the university than the church has been one of the most lamentable developments of the last several centuries. In the earliest eras of the church, and through the annals of Christian history, the central theologians of the church were its pastors.
One thing that sets me apart from some pastors is that the amount of time I spent in the business world is greater than the time I have been in ministry. It has given me a unique perspective. It’s also helped me realize I didn’t understand the unique pressures of ministry completely until I was in ministry. It’s made me want to encourage pastors whenever I can. That’s the point of this post.
It is a sign to your people that your mind is healthy and a means to awakening their health. Sick minds can only deal in abstractions and cannot get outside themselves to be moved by concrete, external wonders. And you will never be a tender person toward your people if you merely communicate the heaviness of unhealthy concepts and theories rather than the stuff of the world in which they live.