Preacher’s Notes

“BETTER” – TEXAS STYLE

»Posted by on Apr 24, 2013 in Hope & Expectation, Preacher's Notes, Thoughts from the Mound | 0 comments

“BETTER” – TEXAS STYLE

You preach!  You may preach a lot. However if you are like me, you wish you could be better.  We all want to preach better, because we want to do our best for the Lord.  How many Sunday nights have we just sat and wished we were better?  How often on Friday afternoon have we wished we could be better? We know we’ll never be the best preacher in the brotherhood, but we sure wish we could be better.  We attend lectureships, seminars, we read books and listen to others yet, it seems, no one ever says – “Here is how you do it!”  How many times have we listened to some other guy and wondered, how’d he learn to do that?  Well, we did too. The “better” conference is a two day seminar for preachers who want to be better at the skill of preaching....

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I Promise…

»Posted by on Apr 1, 2013 in Preacher's Notes, The Blog That Binds | 8 comments

I Promise…

No one will be more critical of my preaching than I am myself I will lose sleep over Sunday’s message…and next Sunday’s too I will not try to hurt you That if you hear me long enough you will disagree with me on something That I don’t mind your coming to me about whatever that thing is That if you hear me long enough I will offend you – it won’t be on purpose That if you hear me long enough you will think I am preaching to you – I probably am – at least if you want to grow that is what you should believe and then evaluate any changes needed I will be prepared I will not be as prepared as I wish I was That I will try to bring my best every time I stand before people with the inspired Word of God This will not be the best sermon on...

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Five Suggestions for Working With Difficult People

»Posted by on Mar 8, 2013 in Preacher's Notes, Thoughts from the Mound | 4 comments

Five Suggestions for Working With Difficult People

Just about every preacher deals with them. You know who they are in your life. They are those cantankerous, time-consuming, whining, lazy, difficult people. It could be the church member who seems to monopolize your time because something is always wrong. Maybe it’s a retired preacher who sits in your audience each week and tells you what you should have said, or what you misquoted in your sermon, or how he would have preached it. Maybe it’s a co-worker who refuses to carry his part of the load. You know, the guy who does as little as possible, just enough to get by. Or it might be an elder. The one who is always on your back, watching you like a hawk, secretly undermining and criticizing everything you do. What’s a preacher to do? What if your life and...

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You’re fired! Now what?*

»Posted by on Feb 26, 2013 in Preacher's Notes, The Blog That Binds, Uncategorized | 19 comments

You’re fired! Now what?*

So you’ve been “given the opportunity to resign”, “released”, “let go”, “been given three months to find somewhere knew”, “fired.”  Call it what you want it adds up to about the same thing – pain, anger, confusion, suspicion.   Sometimes we bring it on ourselves but most often when preachers are fired it is not because of a sin in his life but over some other issue, i.e. Power play by a fragment of the congregation, he made the wrong person angry, he burnt out because of overtaxing himself emotionally, he was used up because he carried too many burdens and heartbreaks of others or put on him by mean people, etc.   Can we say a few things to you as fellows minister? This is not the end…you will live to touch lives...

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“Top 10 Things Preachers Love About Preaching (at least the preachers we contacted for this article)!”

»Posted by on Feb 25, 2013 in Preacher's Notes, Thoughts from the Mound | 4 comments

“Top 10 Things Preachers Love About Preaching (at least the preachers we contacted for this article)!”

“The expectations of a preacher are endless. Some members expect them to be omniscient, omnipresent and omnipotent.But different preachers are wired differently.” That’s the way Thom Ranier began his article dealing with then things preachers don’t like about preaching. So, with apologies to Thom for sort of taking his title I decided to write from a different approach. What do preachers really love about preaching? What aspects do they enjoy the most? Some preachers may really enjoy and be fulfilled by counseling while another dreads even the thought of it. So I did a little informal and very unscientific survey of a rather large number of preachers. We contacted a wide range of preachers (ages, length of time preaching, many different regions). I asked...

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Why so angry?

»Posted by on Feb 18, 2013 in Preacher's Notes, The Blog That Binds | 12 comments

Why so angry?

All time movie quote? Jack Nicholson in Batman to the lovely Kim Basinger: “Why so sad?” I want to twist that a tad and ask my preacher friends: “Why so angry?”   Last night I was talking to a young man and mentioned a preaching friend and he said: “The last time I heard him he just seemed angry.”  Why is it that so many preachers seem so angry?   Well, actually: Plenty of reasons. There’s the past. That time you got released unexpectedly and, you felt, unjustly – and that emotion was never deal with.  There’s that person. You know them, they always critique every word with a sledgehammer.  And that other person, when you hear them coming you cringe, experience has taught you they are unhappy, upset or want action on something or...

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