“How to give a meaningful talk about the communion”, Part 1

Tuesday Teaching Tips: Episode 107

How can we avoid dull repetition or creative confusion when talking about the Lord’s supper?

I begin a series looking at different views of the atonement as a way of broadening and deepening our appreciation for the cross.

Please add your comments on this week’s topic. We learn best when we learn in community.

Do you have a question about teaching the Bible? Is it theological, technical, practical? Send me your questions or suggestions. Here’s the email: malcolm@malcolmcox.org.

Thanks again for watching. Have a terrific Tuesday, and a wonderful week.

God bless,

Malcolm

“Top teaching tips from teens”

Tuesday Teaching Tips: Episode 106

What’s the best way to speak to teenagers? How about asking one?

I reveal top tips passed on to me by a teenager. He gave me ideas based on a recent sermon by a 20-something who connected much better with our teenagers than most of us.

Thank you for watching this video. You can find more teaching tips here and on the YouTube teaching tips playlist.

Please add your comments on this week’s topic. We learn best when we learn in community.

Do you have a question about teaching the Bible? Is it theological, technical, practical? Send me your questions or suggestions. Here’s the email: malcolm@malcolmcox.org.

Thanks again for watching. Have a terrific Tuesday, and a wonderful week.

God bless,

Malcolm

“The One Thing”

Tuesday Teaching Tips, Episode 105

How many points do you need? One? Let’s talk about getting clear not only for our sake, but the sake of our listeners.

Please add your comments on this week’s topic. We learn best when we learn in community.

Do you have a question about teaching the Bible? Is it theological, technical, practical? Send me your questions or suggestions. Here’s the email: malcolm@malcolmcox.org.

Thanks again for watching. Have a terrific Tuesday, and a wonderful week.

God bless,

Malcolm

“How to be a human preacher”

Tuesday Teaching Tips: Episode 104

How do we keep our ‘humanness’ as preachers? You don’t have to be perfect, but you can’t be a hypocrite.

“Who is weak, and I do not feel weak? Who is led into sin, and I do not inwardly burn?” (2 Corinthians 11:29 NIV11)
Three tips for today:
  1. Share your sins
  2. Share weaknesses
  3. Don’t beat yourself up
Thank you for listening to this podcast and watching this video. You can find more teaching tips here and on the YouTube teaching tips playlist.
Please add your comments on this week’s topic. We learn best when we learn in community.
Do you have a question about teaching the Bible? Is it theological, technical, practical? Send me your questions or suggestions. Here’s the email: malcolm@malcolmcox.org.
Thanks again for listening and watching. Have a terrific Tuesday, and a wonderful week.
God bless,
Malcolm

“How to be ready for anything”

Tuesday Teaching Tips: Episode 103

What do we do when the circumstances into which we are to speak change unexpectedly? I have four suggestions – all starting with “A”.

I hope you find these thoughts helpful. What have I missed? What else is important?

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God bless, Malcolm

“How to be kind to kinaesthetic learners”

Tuesday Teaching Tips: Episode 102

We look at how to help not only those with a preference to auditory or visual learning, but those whose preferred learning style is kinaesthetic. Are they the most neglected of all?

The value of this approach is that it increases:

  1. Attention
  2. Contribution
  3. Stickiness

Helpful scriptures: John 6.9; 12-13; Matthew 16.5-12

I hope you find these thoughts helpful. What have I missed? What else is important?

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God bless, Malcolm

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“How to structure a class”

Tuesday Teaching Tips: Episode 101

I reveal the template I use to prepare most of my teaching classes. We discuss the significance of our learning objective, and how to think through what each class will need in terms of resources and variety of teaching methods.

I hope you find these thoughts helpful. What have I missed? What else is important?

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God bless, Malcolm

“Two tips for first-time preachers”

Tuesday Teaching Tips: Episode 99

In some ways there’s no significant difference between your first sermon and your thousandth. However, we all have to start somewhere.  An entire book could be written on this topic. But, I will focus on presentation issues rather than preparation.

  1. Practice. Rehearse your first sentence and your conclusion. Starting clearly and confidently will help you settle into your preaching. It will also help your audience relax. I assume they know you are inexperienced. They will be excited for you, and nervous with you. Beginning confidently will help everyone. Ending confidently with a reiteration of your main point will make sure that everyone has something valuable to take away. Even if you have drifted during the body of your lesson, at least they will have heard your main point clearly.
  2. Minimum Tech. Keep your use of technology to the minimum. I am a fan of slides, video, audio, props, role play, audience interaction and more. However, these all take time to learn. My advice is to use a paper Bible (not electronic) and print your sermon on paper (not using an iPad or laptop). If you do use slides, keep them uncluttered. Minimum wording, pictures are preferable.
I hope you find these two thoughts helpful. What have I missed? What else is important?
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God bless, Malcolm

“Three-word slogans”

Tuesday Teaching Tips: Episode 98

I’ve been frustrated with my own difficulty in summarising the speaking parts of the service. More words can make things more unclear.

How would you summarise these parts of the service in three words?

* Welcome
* Prayer
* Communion
* HOPE talk
* Sermon
* Close

Do you have a question about teaching the Bible? Is it theological, technical, practical? Send me your questions or suggestions. Here’s the email: malcolm@malcolmcox.org.
Please leave a comment, and pass it on …

Thanks again for listening. Have a terrific Tuesday, and a wonderful week.

God bless,

Malcolm