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How Much Time Should Pastors Spend on Sermon Prep?

How much time should a pastor spend each week preparing their sermon? I have heard seminary professors say that you should spend an hour for every minute you preach. But by that logic, a 30-minute sermon would require 30 hours! So how much time should you spend on sermon prep? The short answer is: there’s […]

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Free Funeral Sermon

Preaching a funeral is one of the greatest responsibilities of being a pastor. In this time of grief, you must honor the deceased, comfort their family and friends, help people mourn, and ultimately share the good news of the hope we have in Jesus Christ for eternal life after death. When I was called upon […]

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What Does Your Podium Preach?

Like it or not, before you ever say a word your audience will make a judgment about you based on appearance alone. Right or wrong, it is simply human nature. People who have been in your church for a long time may get used to the way things are and begin to overlook appearance. But […]

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The Best Microphone for Preaching

What is the best microphone for preaching? I once preached a sermon that I thought was one of my best yet. But then I watched the recording. I was horrified! My mic popped and hissed throughout the entire message. It was distracting and embarrassing. Has this ever happened to you? A great sermon can be […]

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7 Safeguards for Humor in Preaching

7 Safeguards for Using Humor in Preaching

Laughter is good for the soul. Think back to a time when you and your friends or family burst into uncontrollable laughter. Aren’t these some of the best moments of your life? Laughter unites us. It reminds us that we are all imperfect. Plus it just feels good. There are some who argue that there […]

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12 Christianese Words and Phrases We Need to Explain

Are you fluent in Christianese? Christianese is the insider language that church people speak which may sound confusing or odd to non-Christians. To give you an idea of what I’m talking about, watch this video poking fun at the words Christians say.  VIDEO: Shoot Christians Say Can’t see the video? Click here. This video is […]

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