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“The benefits of discussing your sermon with other people in advance”

Do you discuss your sermon with people in advance? At what stage do you draw other people in? I had two experiences of discussing sermons this week and I found it enriching and helpful. Thank you for watching this recording. You can find more teaching tips here and on the on the YouTube teaching tips playlist. […]

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“How to use songs in your presentation”

Songs can be a powerful part of your presentation, but they can be used well, or less well. What will make the difference? 1. Relevant to your point 2. Lyrics on screen 3. Right length 4. Check lyrics Thank you for watching this recording. You can find more teaching tips here and on the on […]

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“How to get off the launch pad”

I got stuck too long in my introduction last Friday. Here are three resolutions for my next lesson. What do you do to make sure you don’t get stuck on the launch pad? Thank you for watching this recording. You can find more teaching tips here and on the on the YouTube teaching tips playlist. Please […]

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“There’s no such thing as a dragon”

I tried something this last Sunday I’ve never tried before. I used a children’s story book as part the sermon for adults. 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 […]

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“Why slides are your friend”

We look at the usefulness of slides for our teaching. Even though ‘death by PowerPoint’ is a thing, that does not mean that slides are not helpful. We talk about the ways they can help us to clarify our structure, and how they can help an audience relax and listen.   Thank you for watching […]

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“You’re preaching – who cares?”

“Every single person who sits politely and listens to you on Sunday is one decision away from moral, financial, and marital ruin.” ‘Communicating for a change’ p88 Does this topic really matter? Does it matter to me? Tips 1. Pray over it – the point, not just the passage 2. Apply it to yourself – how will […]

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“Why your tone matters”

Why does our tone matter? And what can we do about it? Steve Sramek: https://churchinmyarea.com Video referenced: https://churchinmyarea.com/tag/tone Considerations – three “T”s Trigger past hurts – Shouted as a child Lectured in stern way – felt small Tyrant Sound like you are incontrovertible – cannot be wrong Sets us up as proud Tune out “He’s against me” […]

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“How to deliver an extemporary communion”

You might have heard of the ‘sermunion’. Have you tried an extemporary communion talk? Ben May preached on the parable of the wedding banquet, Matt 22.1-14 ““But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes. He asked, ‘How did you get in here without […]

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“Why preaching is a positive nuisance”

This quote from Gustav Holst (British classical music composer) is interesting; “Never compose anything unless the not composing of it becomes a positive nuisance to you.” I would say that the same holds for preaching. Many of my sermons have been delivered with a sense of relief (I had to get that out), but at […]

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“How to give your listeners time to turn to the right scripture”

Summary Gaining attention is the first goal of preaching Understanding is the second goal of preaching “Jesus called the crowd to him and said, “Listen and understand.” (Matthew 15:10 NIV11) Give people time to turn to the scripture Non-Christians might not know where to start Makes it look like what you are going to say about […]