Daniel Darling, author, pastor, speaker / Posts tagged "Preaching"

Preaching and Baseball

In an article for Leadership Journal, I compare ministry to baseball. Pastors have a tendency to "swing for the fences" with every sermon, but we're better off working hard on the little things of preaching in order to give our people a lifetime of good spiritual food: Ministry is very much like baseball in this way. There will be the home run hitters—exceptionally gifted preachers. But most who lead God's people will be the grinders. The Belhorns, Glanvilles, and Bakos who show up every week and feed God's people truth in faithful, but unspectacular fashion. This is not an excuse for mediocrity. It's not a rant against celebrity. Every generation has genuinely gifted servants with ministries beyond their congregations. We should rejoice at their large kingdom impact. "There many not be many noble," Paul says. But there are some and we thank God for their giftedness. Still, I wonder if the rest, called to...

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What Pastors Owe Their People

If you are a pastor, you cannot escape the unmistakeable call of spiritual leaders, in the New Testament to "feed the flock of God": Jesus commissioned Peter to do "feed my sheep", no less than three times, in that famous scene on the shores of Galilee (John 21:15-19) Jesus commissioned the disciples, in the Great Commission passage to "teach them all things I have commanded you." (Matthew 28:16) Paul commissioned the Ephesian elders to "tend to the whole flock" pointing this example of his unwillingness to shrink from "the whole counsel of God" (Acts 20:17-28) Peter urges church leaders to "feed the flock of God among you." Paul instructed Timothy, in his last letter, "these things you have learned from me, commit to faithful men" (2 Timothy 2:2). He also urged him to "guard the deposit entrusted to you" (2 Timothy 1:14; 6:20). He also  reminded Timothy of the usefulness of "all Scripture" as profitable for...

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Preaching as a Craft to Be Cultivated.

I love preaching. I love the act of preaching and I love listening to preaching. There is something wild and mysterious and beautiful about God's Word flowing through a flawed man empowered by the Holy Spirit as a primary delivery method for spiritual change. This week I had the chance to interview Matt Woodley, managing editor of PreachingToday.com, an excellent resource for pastors and church leaders. Our conversation was wide-ranging, really. I queried him on plagiarism, fact-checking pastors, etc. But my favorite part was reading Matt's thoughts on the act of preaching itself. Here's a question I asked him: If you could give one piece of advice to an up and coming pastor or church leader about preaching, what would you tell him? Love preaching. It is a craft like mending shoes, fixing cars, throwing a curve ball, writing poetry, performing surgery, teaching British literature, and so on. You can grow as a...

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Why You Need Your Church Every Week

We live in an age when, increasingly, people are asking the question, "Do we need to gather on Sunday mornings for worship anymore?" It's a valid question. After all, isn't there a plethora of good sermon content online? Aren't there churches that actually offer online services? And isn't it possible to read your Bible, pray, and perhaps listen/watch/read a sermon at home? The truth is that you can experience some of what you get at church at home. You'll likely find a better message by listening to one of the popular preachers. You'll might carve out more time to pray by staying at home. And you can even roll up your sleeves and get involved in works of service in your local community rather than going to church. You can even worship and sing in your shower. Yes, to all of those. And yet, this kind of attitude really misses the point when it...

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