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Let Scripture Speak for Itself

A while back I visited a church in my area (I love sitting in on other churches to observe and learn). The pastor was a great preacher. His sermon was engaging, clear, and spot on. However, I walked away feeling a little uneasy. This may be a personal preference. I am not saying the way […]

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The 3 Levels of Dynamic Preaching

Did you know that for musical arrangements, composers write more than just the notes to be played? They also write the strength with which each note should be performed. These markings are referred to as the “dynamics” of music.  A composer might write a pp, meaning pianissimo or “very soft,” or a ff, meaning fortissimo […]

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curse of knowledge

How the Curse of Knowledge Kills Communication

A Stanford University study in 1990 discovered a principle that deeply affects all of our communication. The psychology experiment, led by a grad student named Elizabeth Newton, assigned groups of two people to play a simple game. One person would be the tapper. The other would be the listener. The tapper was asked to pick a simple […]

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How to Handle Distractions While Preaching

What is the most distracting thing that has ever happened to you while preaching? For me it was when I was a youth pastor at a church in New Mexico. I was preaching to a group of high school students. In the middle of my message, a boy stood up, jumped onto his chair and […]

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Is Your Body Language Hurting Your Preaching?

Like it or not, preaching is affected by far more than just your words. The best preachers don’t just preach with their lips, but with their whole body. A study by Dr. Albert Mehrabian, author of Nonverbal Communication, found that 55% of communication is body language. This means that when a speaker’s words and body […]

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