I have heard recitations of Acts 2:42 my entire Christian life. Seems the circles I run in love it. Part of it has got to be the sweet outline -- "4 things, everyone. Teaching, fellowship, bread-breaking, and prayers." But another part of it has got to be the beauty. Who wouldn't want to be part of something as radical as the early days of the church? Jesus ascended. The Spirit fell. The crowd gathered. Peter preached, and 3,000 souls were added to the church. How did they respond? Acts 2:42. (12 Minutes, 3000 Words) Read more
Here is a mashup of Paul’s exhortations to Timothy. He wanted Timothy to teach Scripture, to give himself wholly to it. No messing around. Go all out in this gift. Maybe this will stir up a pastor or two, myself included. (2 Minutes / 300 Words) Read more
I recently sat down with a pastoral friend of mine to catch up. During the course of our conversation, we began talking about various ministries and events coming up in each our lives. Since Christmas, at the time of the conversation, was right around the corner, he began asking me about our Christmas Eve Services, so I told him about the teaching rhythm I've landed on for both that service and also Good Friday. (10 Minutes/1800 Words) Read more
At Calvary Monterey, we emphasize our small group ministry, believing it necessary for Christians to gather together outside the large weekend meeting. Though Sundays are of immense importance, nothing can replace the wonderful one to another ministry that occurs when we get together in small groups. (6 Minutes/1100 Words) Read more
Each week at Calvary Monterey we hold an hour-long staff chapel. Currently held on Wednesdays after lunch, Staff Chapel is an opportunity for the staff of our church to gather together for prayer, worship, teaching, updates, and training. It is, for me, a significant way to impart to the entire team. (4 Minutes/800 Words) Read more
Bible teachers and preachers are a gift to the body of Christ, but they have also received a gift and a calling from the Lord, one they must steward well for the glory of God. I don’t personally know of any communicator of God’s word who feels they have no room to improve. Every pastor or teacher I know wants to grow in their gifting. (7 Minutes/1400 Words) Read more
We don’t wrestle against flesh and blood. Our war is unseen and invisible. But an invisible war is not a fictional war. The battle is truer than the most flesh and blood war we’ve seen broadcast on CNN. Read more
Learning another pastor's teaching preparation process has always edified me, so this post is for pastors who would like a glimpse into my routine. Here's a bit of what I cover:
- How I select my text.
- The importance of a book and text theme.
- What I do on each day of the week.
- Screenshots and links of my various stages.
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I am really looking forward to helping teach the Nuts & Bolts Of Sermon Preparation workshop with Ben Courson and John Hwang this week at the Calvary Global Network pastors' conference in Costa Mesa, CA. Here are my written answers to the questions John graciously generated.
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