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Humor in the Pulpit

posted by Scot McKnight

What do you think of humor in the pulpit? Collin Hansen, at Christianity Today, writes about it and warns about it. If you went to seminary or took a preaching class, what were you told? Is this a personality thing? […]

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Ask Andy 4 (and another free book offer)

posted by Scot McKnight

I’ve got a deal for you day: free book. Read on. In this series I’m asking Andy Stanley some questions about preaching but I’m cheating when I say that: I’m reading his book (Communicating for a Change: Seven Keys to Irresistible […]

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Ask Andy 3 (and a free book offer)

posted by Scot McKnight

I’ve got a deal for you day: free book. Read on. In this series I’m asking Andy Stanley some questions about preaching but I’m cheating when I say that: I’m reading his book (Communicating for a Change: Seven Keys to Irresistible […]

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Ask Andy 2

posted by Scot McKnight

I’m asking Andy Stanley some questions about preaching, and I will be recording his answers here. Well, I’m cheating when I say that: I’m reading his book (Communicating for a Change: Seven Keys to Irresistible Communication ) and generating questions […]

Ask Andy 1

posted by Scot McKnight

I’m asking Andy Stanley some questions about preaching, and I will be recording his answers here. Well, I’m cheating when I say that: I’m reading his book (Communicating for a Change: Seven Keys to Irresistible Communication ) and generating questions […]

What about virtual reality in church services?

posted by Scot McKnight

I thought this question answer in Leadership.net with Rob Bell was fascinating. Here’s my question: What do you think of video clips in sermons? Interview with Rob Bell…. Your NOOMA video series has been popular. What do you think about […]

Truth Behind the Truth

posted by Scot McKnight

This from Rob Bell’s interview at Leadership: There’s a lot of emphasis today on practical preaching, helping people address their felt-needs, and giving direct application. Is that foremost in your mind when you prepare a message? When I prepare to […]

Narrative Preaching 5

posted by Scot McKnight

As if Tom Long hasn’t taken on board some major issues in his lectures on preaching, the last chapter in his new book, Preaching from Memory to Hope , examines preaching about eschatology. Here’s the big introduction idea, as he asks […]

Narrative Preaching 2

posted by Scot McKnight

The level of eloquence in this book,Preaching from Memory to Hope, is only outmatched by the depth of insight we find in Tom Long. What a delightful chapter number two is: “No news is bad news.” It’s a chapter about […]

Narrative Preaching 1

posted by Scot McKnight

How do you define “narrative preaching”? And, alongside that question, another one: How much story do you think appropriate in a sermon? What did you learn in seminary about the appropriateness or frequency of stories in sermons? Tom Long, whom […]

Do You Read Sermons?

posted by Scot McKnight

I do not have a life-long habit of reading sermons, though I have read sermons at times in my career. I have numbers of pastor friends who routinely listen to sermons and do so for both formational reasons and for […]

The Church’s Educational Ministry

posted by Scot McKnight

In a post last month I raised the issue of Third Way preaching, and this is what I said: A genuine Third Way will get beyond the Sunday morning sermon as the primary form of spiritual formation and education in […]

Pastors Teaching Pastors

posted by Scot McKnight

Free book offer at bottom of this post! Pastors need to hear from fellow pastors. There’s a place for pastors listening to biblical experts — when they study the Bible. There’s a place for pastors listening to theologians — when […]

Third Way Preaching: A Proposal

posted by Scot McKnight

In light of Jim Belcher’s response to Doug Pagitt’s own proposal for “progressional dialogue,” I want to weigh in with what I suggest is my own proposal for a Third Way.  I have been in contact with a few persons who […]

The Evangelical Flip and a Call for a Conference

posted by Scot McKnight

Evangelical pastors have flipped in the last generation. 30-40 years ago what most incited excitement was a new book by the arch-pastor and expositor, John Stott, expositing a New Testament book or a J.I. Packer book on theology. Today’s evangelicals […]

Deep Church as Third Way 8

posted by Scot McKnight

Are there any new emerging proposals for preaching?  Jim Belcher, in Deep Church: A Third Way Beyond Emerging and Traditional examines the theory of Doug Pagitt. (I blogged about that book with Doug when it came out, and since then […]

The Pastor’s Schedule: Jim Martin Advises

posted by Scot McKnight

Recently we had a conversation about the pastor’s time schedule, and Jim Martin, a friend, posted a comment I thought deserved a separate post. So here it is… This is such an important concern. Working with a church can eat […]

Plagiarizing Sermons

posted by Scot McKnight

A repost on a topic that is always relevant: The NY Times ran an article about pastors swiping sermons from sermon sources, and then Out of Ur ran a piece which got some comments. I’m wondering what you think. Here […]

Tell us what you think: from John LaGrou

posted by Scot McKnight

John LaGrou is avant garde when it comes to the power and value of technology. In this post, he questions the long term value and survival of the Sunday sermon. What do you think? Antoine at MMM asks, “How Do […]

What is the purpose of a sermon?

posted by Scot McKnight

Today I’m following (here and here) the live blogging of the conference on preaching at Mars Hill with Rob Bell, Pete Rollins, and Shane Hipps. In the midst of the comments I have heard is one potent question and I’d […]

Pastors and Vacations: by PW

posted by Scot McKnight

By PW: It’s that time of year when we as a family usually realize we haven’t made a plan for vacation yet this year! Sometimes we make vacation plans at the last minute due to the lack of discretionary funds, […]

Pastor Pages on Church websites

posted by Scot McKnight

We live in an era of the informal, an impact of the 1960s. Friday is casual for many businesses; pastors go by first names; professors don’t have to wear ties or coats and some wear blue jeans; kids “hang out” […]

Did that just happen?

posted by Scot McKnight

When Kris and I got to the airport in Atlanta Sunday afternoon, we had one of those “Did all that just happen to us?” moments. Some of you may know that I was asked to preach at North Point Community […]

Zoe

posted by xscot mcknight

Kris and I were invited by the good folks connected to the Zoe Conference to come to Nashville last week (Woodmont Hills, Family of God Church): Thursday, Friday and Saturday. We loved it — and there are so many things […]

Join us!

posted by xscot mcknight

Why they don’t have my mug in that set of photos is beyond me. 8) How in the world do they put up Skye’s bald melon and not mine?

The Corinth Brethren

posted by xscot mcknight

This weekend Kris and I were in Twelve Mile Indiana at the kind invitation and warm hospitality of Mike and Joy Thompson. We did a Jesus Creed day with a group from Corinth Brethren Church and some pastors in the […]

Elders: Only Male?

posted by xscot mcknight

Let me try to summarize an argument I’m hearing today. It goes like this: Since Paul’s statements about elders/bishops/overseers/deacons are clearly addressed to males, those “offices” or “roles” or “leadership positions” are designed by God to be for males only. […]

Preaching: Notes or No Notes?

posted by xscot mcknight

What is the best way to preach? To use notes — even to the point of reading a sermon — or not to use notes? Fred Lybrand, a Southern Baptist preacher who seems to be cutting his own path, opts […]

Stuart Briscoe’s Well Lived Life

posted by xscot mcknight

One thing I regret about our decades long life in Chicagoland is that we did not more often get up to Elmbrook Church to listen to Stuart Briscoe’s sermons, for surely he has been one of our generation’s most capable […]

Australian Consolation: Anger

posted by xscot mcknight

In 2006 Moore Theological College in Sydney Australia held a conference on the consolations of theology and Brian Rosner edited the papers into a little book worthy of pastoral considerations. The title is The Consolations of Theology. Six studies of […]

Advent Christians

posted by xscot mcknight

Sam Warren, a former pastor and now the national director of Christian nurture in the Advent Christian Church invited me to give two workshops and be a plenary speaker at the Triennial meetings of the denomination. So, Saturday morning I […]

Sermons and Plagiarism

posted by xscot mcknight

There is a very good piece here from the CT gallery of websites that many of us would do well to read and print out and keep near us. It’s about the value and dangers — plagiarism — of using […]

A Letter from the Depths of the Soul

posted by xscot mcknight

Hello Scot, I am a reader of your blog and very much respect your opinion on spiritual matters. Over 10 years ago I had cancer. The treatments I went through were very difficult, but effective as I am cancer free […]

Pastor’s Wisdom: Don Johnson

posted by xscot mcknight

This marks the end of our series from pastors. I have really enjoyed this series, I hope you have too, but I want to acknowledge their contributions publicly. Thanks. We probably won’t know who helpful this is. While we were […]

Pastor’s Wisdom: Father Rob

posted by xscot mcknight

Imagine a big holiday meal with all the trimmings where only one person is responsible for cooking, serving, and cleaning it up. At the end of the day, that person would be pretty tired, wouldn?t they?! Now imagine a big […]

Pastor’s Wisdom: Jim Martin

posted by xscot mcknight

If I were to start over, what would I be sure to practice? Self-care Self-care is not only good stewardship of the self but also a gift to the church. When a Christian minister practices self-care, the congregation is blessed!

Pastor’s Wisdom: David Fitch

posted by xscot mcknight

“If I could begin all over again” is a hard sentence for me to apply to myself for I still think of myself as just beginning. I feel like I am learning things today I should have known twenty years […]

Pastor’s Wisdom: Nancy Lewis

posted by xscot mcknight

Nancy Lewis is a pastor at the Oakland Covenant Church in Oakland California. What Should A Pastor Focus On?

Pastor’s Wisdom: John Ortberg

posted by xscot mcknight

John Ortberg, pastor at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church outside San Francisco, responds to our question today:

Pastor’s Wisdom: Alice Shirey

posted by xscot mcknight

Alice Shirey, pastor in Des Moines IA, responds to our question today:

Pastor’s Wisdom: John Frye

posted by xscot mcknight

Pastoring: If I Started Over What Would I Focus On? John W Frye Fellowship Evangelical Covenant Church in near Grand Rapids, responds today to that question.

Pastor’s Wisdom: Rose Madrid-Swetman

posted by xscot mcknight

This post is from Rose Madrid-Swetman, a missional pastor at the Vineyard church in Shoreline, WA. Scot: If you could begin all over again, what one thing would you have focused on more? Or, put differently, what wisdom would you […]

Pastor’s Wisdom: Bob Smallman

posted by xscot mcknight

If you could begin all over again, what one thing would you have focused on more? Or, put differently, what wisdom would you give to a new pastor if you were asked this question: What should I focus on? Here’s […]

Pastor’s Wisdom: Cindy Nicholson

posted by xscot mcknight

Cindy Nicholson, Asst. Pastor, Vineyard Christian Church of Evanston; Cindy is also on task forces and committees at the national level of the Vineyard; she responds to our pastor’s wisdom question: If you could begin all over again, what one […]

Pastor’s Wisdom: Kent Anderson

posted by xscot mcknight

Today I begin a series devoted to Pastor’s wisdom, and our question we asked of seasoned pastors was this: If you knew then what you know now, what would you have focused on? Or, in light of what you now […]

Pastor’s Wisdom: A Series

posted by xscot mcknight

Starting Monday, and while Kris and I are in South Africa, we will begin a series I’ve called Pastor’s Wisdom. I asked a series of seasoned pastors this question: If you could start all over again, knowing what you know […]

Pentecost in South Africa

posted by xscot mcknight

As some of you may know, we will be in Rustenburg South Africa for Pentecost with the Dutch Reformed Church. I will be speaking on Sunday morning and then each evening through Thursday (May 4-8) in a series on Pentecost. […]

Another Letter from an Emerging Pastor

posted by xscot mcknight

I probably get asked this question more than any other. Which means quite often. Again, used with permission and only slightly edited. Hi Scot. First, let me say that I appreciate your writing and your heart. I have used some […]

Letter from an Emerging Pastor

posted by xscot mcknight

A letter from a pastor; permission granted to publish here; we are seeking your wisdom.. Scot, Hello. We met when you visited the area and I have appreciated your blog for a while now. I came to this church as […]

What is community?

posted by xscot mcknight

From a reader who asks you, Jesus Creed reader, for some advice: So, I???ve been kicking around the question: What is most necessary and essential to Christian community?

Grand Rapids Theological Seminary

posted by xscot mcknight

Yesterday I was in Grand Rapids — speaking twice at GR Theological Seminary. First, in chapel (more below) and then later to the Faculty (about future seminary education — I’ll keep this under wraps for now). It was good to […]

A Letter about Pastoring

posted by xscot mcknight

(Say the Jesus Creed morning and evening during Lent.) I include today a letter from a pastor who solicits your response. Hi Scot, I continue to enjoy the blog each day. Thanks for the daily encouragement and stimulation. I have […]

Thanks from a Dad to All of Us

posted by xscot mcknight

Dear Scot, Thank you for your support and insight?and thank you for sharing your blog with me/us. While I am not a stranger to the blog community, my wife has never quite recognized the value that the blogosphere offers until […]

A Father, a Son, and some doubt

posted by xscot mcknight

I got permission from this father who wrote to me about the eroding faith of his son. The presenting issue is moral relativism. I wrote him back and will share of that tomorrow, but wonder what you’d say to the […]

NPC — A Place for Conversation

posted by xscot mcknight

I wasn’t invited to the National Pastors Convention in order to meet with old friends or even to meet new ones. Nope, Zondervan asked me to speak and I was involved in not a little speaking … Monday evening and […]

NPC — A Place for Friends

posted by xscot mcknight

I’ve been at the National Pastor’s Convention in San Diego — wow, beautiful weather — and one thing that makes the whole event vibrate for me is seeing old friends and meeting new ones.

Thanks

posted by xscot mcknight

My heartfelt thanks for the response yesterday to the young man who was inquiring about preaching and pastoring. A very kind reader asked for his address and will send him a few books and a publisher contacted me to send […]

Letter from a future pastor

posted by xscot mcknight

(Say the Jesus Creed morning and evening during Lent.) Here is a letter from a reader from a post a week or so ago; the letter is used with permission. Read it to the end because he is asking a […]

Pastors thinking pastorally for pastors

posted by xscot mcknight

If you are considering pastoring, I’ve got a question I’d like you to think about and then read through the comments that our readers will be offering. Recently we posted a series on Andrew Purves, The Crucifixion of Ministry, but […]

ML King Jr

posted by xscot mcknight

I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation. [My source and video of it.]

Sanctity of Life Sunday: An Exciting Update!

posted by xscot mcknight

I need not comment because I’ll leave that to you. Enjoy!

Kent Palmer Installation

posted by xscot mcknight

Ridgewood Baptist Church, in Brookfield WI, installed Kent Palmer Sunday as senior pastor. We will miss Kent and Phyllis, but we are so glad for Ridgewood. Here are some of our impressions:

Sanctity of Life Sunday

posted by xscot mcknight

I’m using this letter with permission. The issue is the Sanctity of Human Life Sunday (next Sunday and how many are reducing it to an anti-abortion Sunday). What are your thoughts? (And I assume you’ll offer some wisdom for this […]

The Wisdom of Anglicans 1

posted by xscot mcknight

I will be the first to admit that I’m a fan of the great Anglican pastor, writer and apostle to the university student, John R.W. Stott. When I was in college I began reading his books, listening to him speak […]

The Advent of Crucifixion: Interaction

posted by xscot mcknight

Overall, Andrew Purves,The Crucifixion of Ministry , is a profound theological exploration of the significance of the vicarious humanity of Christ and our union with Christ for pastoral ministry. There is much that I like about this; very much. But, […]

The Crucifixion of Ministry 6

posted by xscot mcknight

We close our survey of Andrew Purves, The Crucifixion of Ministry, with today’s post … but on Thursday I’ll offer a brief critical interaction with the book. This chp gets down to brass tacks with what ministry, when conceived as […]

The Crucifixion of Ministry 5

posted by xscot mcknight

Union with Christ, Andrew Purves argues in his book, The Crucifixion of Ministry, is “a key doctrine for practical theology and the faithful practice of ministry” (100). How does union with Christ work out for ministry?

The Advent of Crucifixion 4

posted by xscot mcknight

At the heart of Andrew Purves’ fine book, The Crucifixion of Ministry, is a profound christology: the vicarious humanity of Jesus. I wish more pastoral theologians worked this way.

My Response to “the letter”

posted by xscot mcknight

The response yesterday surprised me. I thought all I was asking for was some pastoral advice for a pastor struggling with what he perceived to be overly aggressive Calvinists. What we got was some serious expressions of differences. Here’s the […]

The Advent of Crucifixion 3

posted by xscot mcknight

“Who are you, Lord, and what are you up to?” is the question Andrew Purves, in the 2d chp of his book The Crucifixion of Ministry, asks. The minister, to avoid thinking it is all dependent upon him or her […]

The Advent of Crucifixion 2

posted by xscot mcknight

Andrew Purves, in The Crucifixion of Ministry, contends there are two crucifixions in ministry: the first one about seven years in and the next one a long, steady dying to self and to Christ so that “our” ministry becomes “his” […]

The Advent of Crucifixion 1

posted by xscot mcknight

It is almost Advent so that means it is time to think about the Good Friday. An odd statement, you might say to yourself, especially if you are a pastor. But in Andrew Purves’s new book, The Crucifixion of Ministry, […]

Delaware

posted by xscot mcknight

We had a busy week. After speaking at Willow’s group life conference Thursday morning and then doing a workshop on Missional Jesus Thursday afternoon, we got up at 4:15am Friday and flew to Baltimore where we were picked up by […]

Dinner

posted by xscot mcknight

At a dinner with some friends last evening we had a question, which we didn’t chase down, but which has been one that I have thought about over the years: Which is worse for the kingdom — the generous, kind […]

Burnout for Pastors

posted by xscot mcknight

I recently got the suggestion to make available information about a pastor’s retreat center from Jim Watters. The report Jim sent me indicates why this is worth a conversation on this blog.

Missional Youth Ministry? A Letter (added “and Response”)

posted by xscot mcknight

Here’s another letter used with permission. I’ll reply later, but what would you say — how do we make our ministries, including those with our youth, more missional?

When Student Becomes Friend

posted by xscot mcknight

One of my former students, Kent Palmer, was once asked, “What is your relationship with Scot?” “It’s rather complicated, actually.” So, let me explain:

Teaching Freedom in Seminary

posted by xscot mcknight

My post last week on thinking about going to seminary unleashed a bag full of suggestions and, in particular, the questions about “to go or not to go” to seminary (its necessity) and “what do you really get out of […]

Thinking of Seminary?

posted by xscot mcknight

I had lunch with one of my former students, one who graduated one month ago, because he wanted to talk about going to seminary. I don’t know why — maybe because I’m accessible through e-mail and this blog or maybe […]

Educating Youth Pastors

posted by xscot mcknight

Here’s yet another letter that, with permission, I’ll post here. I have some ideas on this one, but I’d rather hear yours. What kind of education would you like to see for a youth pastor for your children?

Pastoring vs. Professoring

posted by xscot mcknight

Another letter, now opened for us all, and something worthy of conversation:

The Big “You” and the Bible 2

posted by xscot mcknight

Pastors, this one’s for you — non-pastors, this one’s also for you. Mark Powell’s book, What Do They Hear?, assumes a significant distinction between clergy and laity and, if you are in a reasonably traditional church, the assumption is a […]

The Big “You” and the Bible 1

posted by xscot mcknight

We Protestants teach everyone this: You must read the Bible for yourself. Of course, we don’t want those “you”s to get too clever and start saying things that aren’t there, but there is a lot in this teaching we hold […]

Doubting Pastors

posted by xscot mcknight

It is not uncommon for me to get a letter from a leader or a pastor, and some of them are anonymous and some give me bogus names and some tell me their name honestly, in which the pastor explains […]

Driscoll responds

posted by xscot mcknight

I was delighted to see that Mark Driscoll has publicly responded on his blog to recent concerns about his intent in his posts about Ted Haggard. I believe his letter clarifies his intent; and I applaud the rhetorical tone of […]

Loving the Difficult

posted by xscot mcknight

Recently I received the following letter from a pastor; let’s all look this situation over, ponder it and pray over it, and think about what to do. Those of you who feel prompted, tell us what you think the pastor […]

Ted Haggard and the Evangelical Environment

posted by xscot mcknight

Most of us probably watched the gospel tragedy unfold this last weekend, and many of us considered whether or not the same could happen to us and to others we know. And we are all grieved, in the very grief […]

Preaching and Preachers

posted by xscot mcknight

Who are your favorite preachers? When I was in college, I loved to hear a Baptist preacher from Lansing, MI, named Howard Sugden. In seminary the red-letter days in chapel for me were when John Stott showed up at TEDS […]

Youth Ministry: Where’s it going?

posted by xscot mcknight

Marko has tagged me. He asks me to record some reflections on what youth ministry will be like in the next 50 years in light of the CT article. Of course, I don’t know what will happen — but, in […]

To Single or Not to Single?

posted by xscot mcknight

I had a fantastic conversation recently with Steve Burdan about singles, singles again, and the single lifestyle. He heads up a ministry with singles of all ages called Full Life Chicago.

Theocentric Church

posted by xscot mcknight

Gene Appel preached last night about fear, and he explored that theme through Mark 4:35-41. In this passage Jesus is asleep in a boat while his disciples worry. Gene made plenty of connections to real-life experiences of fear, but what […]

Ben Franklin and Plagiarized Sermons

posted by xscot mcknight

This from RJS: It is amazing how the same things keep coming up – another quote from Franklin’s autobiography:

Sermons and Plagiarism

posted by xscot mcknight

The NY Times ran an article about pastors swiping sermons from sermon sources, and then Out of Ur ran a piece which got some comments. (HT: Garry Poole) I’m wondering what you think. Here are my thoughts:

J. Frye’s Jesus the Pastor 8

posted by xscot mcknight

This is my last post on J. Frye’s wonderful book, Jesus the Pastor. I will do the final three chps today, and hope I’ve not said more than I should about this fine book. Chps 10 and 11 deal with […]

J. Frye’s Jesus the Pastor 7

posted by xscot mcknight

In chps. 8 and 9 of J. Frye’s book we encounter one central theme — that of teaching. What is it? I suggest that if we believed what J. Frye says about what teaching is most of us would adjust […]

J. Frye’s Jesus the Pastor 6

posted by xscot mcknight

When I opened J. Frye’s Jesus the Pastor Wednesday evening for the next reading, I sighed because it was about “spiritual disciplines.” I remember the days when no one, and I mean no one I knew of, had ever heard […]

J. Frye’s Jesus the Pastor 5

posted by xscot mcknight

One of the reasons I’m blogging through this book is that it was written by a pastor, and it is important for me to understand more deeply what pastors think and do. Chp. 6 deals with the heart of pastoral […]

J. Frye’s Jesus the Pastor 3

posted by xscot mcknight

Where does the pastor, and nearly every one I’ve met has struggles with this one, find his or her identity? John Frye, in Jesus the Pastor, weaves together one big biblical idea with personal realities to frame a solid answer […]

J. Frye’s Jesus the Pastor 2

posted by xscot mcknight

John Frye’s excellent, Jesus the Pastor, raises two major issues, the value and role of seminary education and the meaning of “pastoring.” Here’s the question John provoked for me: If you could make one change in a seminary education, what […]

J. Frye’s Jesus the Pastor 1

posted by xscot mcknight

I will be looking at John Frye’s 2000 book Jesus the Pastor: Leading Others in the Character and Power of Christ for a while. John challenges pastors in this book to look to Jesus, not just to pastoral theories and […]

Youth Pastors and the Gospel

posted by xscot mcknight

I had a delightful time with the youth pastors up above Estes Park Tuesday morning. My assignment was to talk about the gospel and how we evangelize in this era when we are trying to get a bigger grip around […]

Youth Pastors, make that Middle School Pastors

posted by xscot mcknight

Mark Oestreicher invited me to come to Estes Park: Need we ask “Why?” before you know I said “Yes!”? Well, I got there about 8pm or so Monday evening to a lovely place tucked away in the mountains at about […]

Study Breaks for Pastors: Yes!

posted by xscot mcknight

I had lunch Wednesday with a former student from TEDS and now a thriving pastor in Ann Arbor, Ken White. Ken was one of those students who had the gifts to be either a pastor or a professor, and I’m […]

The Evangelical Giveaway 6

posted by xscot mcknight

David Fitch’s The Great Giveaway turns in chp 5 to the “Preaching of the Word” and he sub-titles his chp “the myth of expository preaching.” What do you see as the primary function of preaching? To be an exposition of […]

Ever hear Steve McCoy preach?

posted by xscot mcknight

We happened upon Steve McCoy’s church on a Sunday morning, came in late, they ushered me to the back pew, and I took in the sermon — Actually, post-turkey nap at my son’s house.

Nice sermon

posted by xscot mcknight

Yesterday we were at Zion Covenant in Jamestown, NY. Brad Bergfalk, the pastor, gave what was for me a memorable sermon on the classic text from Exodus 17 on Moses raising his arms while Israel battled. His points are worth […]

Pastoral Life: Ministers of the gospel 5

posted by xscot mcknight

In this final post on how Paul understands the ministry of the gospel in Colossians 1:24-29, we want to look at the goal and source of this ministry. Again, this is not about what pastors do or professional evangelists, but […]

Pastoral Life: Ministers of the gospel 4

posted by xscot mcknight

In our last post, we looked briefly at how ministering the gospel is to take place. This post continues that. How are we to minister the gospel?

Pastoral Life: Ministers of the gospel 3

posted by xscot mcknight

The ending of Paul’s first chapter in the letter to the Colossians is rich for the one who wants to know how to minister the gospel. It should be made clear, perhaps, that I’m not here talking simply of “ordained […]

Pastoral Life: Ministers of the gospel 2

posted by xscot mcknight

The two focal points of the one called to minister the gospel, or in the gift of ministering the gospel (which is not the whole of our task), are people and the Word of God. Before getting into each, let […]

Pastoral Life: Ministers of the gospel 1

posted by xscot mcknight

The poll on pastoral skills showed a very clear pattern: the interpersonal skills rated in the top four while the more traditional roles were in the bottom four. Thus: Interpersonal: discipling (25.9), authenticity (22.4), leading (16.1), and interpersonal (13.8). Roles: […]

Blogging as Pastoring

posted by xscot mcknight

Lightning Atkinson, a student of mine who is praying and planning to plant a church with his wife Sara, now has a nice blogsite, called Churchbrew, and he has already put up some good ones.

Pagitt on Preaching 3

posted by xscot mcknight

Scot: I like Doug Pagitt’s idea of “implicating” the audience in the text and sermon. That is, he argues that “application” is an insufficient term to describe the full intention of what the Bible wants from us as we hear […]

Poll on pastoral skills

posted by xscot mcknight

Here’s a new poll. What do you think is the number-one most important skill or gift or attribute for a pastor? I know, I know, I know — we need persons gifted with more than one gift for this vocation. […]

Frye’s Unholy Pastor

posted by xscot mcknight

John Frye’s post on Jesus as the unholy pastor is worth a read. To which I make this commentary: For Jesus, holiness was not something fragile in need of protection but something powerful in need of liberation. You can quote […]

Pagitt on Preaching 2

posted by xscot mcknight

This is the second post by Brad Boydston and me on Pagitt’s new book on preaching. Scot: Doug Pagitt’s new book, Preaching Re-imagined, suggests that we compare two kinds of preaching: “speaching” and “progressional dialogue.” He sees big problems with […]

Jesus on Being Missional 5

posted by xscot mcknight

Jesus told his missional Apostles not to take money, not to carry a beggar’s bag, and not even to take extra clothing and shoes — and then adds they are not to take a staff (probably a protective device). There […]

Jesus on Being Missional 4

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One of those sayings with a funny name, “The Prohibition of Foreign Missions by Jesus,” comes from Matthew 10:5-6. Jesus here tells his followers to concentrate on the “lost sheep” of the house of Israel and not go off to […]

Pagitt on Preaching 1

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This is the first in a series of posts by Brad Boydston and me on Doug Pagitt’s new book, Preaching Re-imagined. We will be posting these on both Brad’s site and this site, so you can go to either to […]

Jesus on Being Missional 2

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The Real Shepherd, the Pastor of pastors, Jesus himself, was a compassionate person whose compassion for people drove him to prayer and to action for the people. A missional orientation will only be genuinely missional to the degree that it […]

The Pastor is Ranting

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John Frye’s got a long rant, ending with a beer, on what it means to be a pastor.

Pastor’s Letter, Now Open

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Here is a letter from a pastor (a former student) to his congregation out in Manhattan, KS, named Steve Ratliff. Great guy; great pastor. Five Things I Love About This ChurchBy Steve Ratliff Please rest assured that I don’t have […]

No Perfect Khakis allowed

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John Frye‘s got another good one.

A word for “little church” pastors

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Here’s a great blog again by John Frye.

A Pastor on Pastoring

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I’ve pointed to John Frye’s blog before, but today his blog is especially choice. He’s defining “pastor,” and this by one who has pastored for years and who has written about it. After all these years, he’s now working out […]

Pastoring Struggles

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More than a few pastors are struggling with what they are called to be and do. I thought this short piece by John Frye, who has authored a book on Jesus as Pastor, is an articulate statement (except for the […]

How long does it take to prepare a sermon?

posted by xscot mcknight

I was impressed with much of what I read on Sivin Kit‘s website about Chris Erdman‘s “preaching on the run.” Makes me a bit nervous, but I’m also quite sure that Jesus didn’t sit down and take notes, or that […]

The Practitioner Lobby

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In recent blogs I’ve read, and in some e-mails I’ve received, I’m hearing a theme, a subtle one but one that appears to have plenty of punch and power with plenty. It is this: “this is an issue for the […]

Pastoral Hearts Now Opened

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Check this out by Mark Oestreicher.And this by Brad Bergfalk, called Wanting More — Part 2.

What Should Pastors Read?

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A couple of posts and a couple of e-mails separate from the blogsite lead me to make some suggestions on what pastors should read. I’ve been asked what I think pastors should read, but I make these suggestions with some […]

What Do Pastors Read?

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The recent Barna report, forwarded to me by my colleague, Ginny Olson, publishes its findings about books pastors are reading and who their favorite authors are. The question seems to be this: “What are the three books that had been […]

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