Avoiding the preaching temptation of egotism

This article was first published in Ministry Magazine (June 2008), an international journal for pastors of all faith.

One of the most dangerous temptations for a pastor comes from the pulpit itself. You may plan to communicate a biblical message; but somehow you end up being the center of attention in the sermon. Most likely, you did not plan it that way, but the important question is

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Down from the pulpit

This article was first published in Ministry Magazine (June 2008), an international journal for pastors of all faith.

After I had finished preaching, a woman of about 35 approached me and confessed, with tears, that she had been committing sexual sin. After all these years, after all the sermons that she had heard me preach, she continued in this practice. She had felt bad but couldn’t let

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Pastoral fatigue–you can live with it

This article was first published in Ministry magazine (April 2006), an international journal for pastors of all faith.

You have been a successful pastor. In the years you have been in ministry, you have done everything possible to make your church the ideal one. You have spent several hours a day in preparing for the Sabbath sermon, and in turn you have received your congregation’s appreciation. After

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