7 Questions to Ask about the Length of a Worship Service

When I’ve taught classes on pastoral ministry, it’s not uncommon for a student to ask at some point, “How long should a worship service be?” My answer is perhaps not that helpful—“I don’t know”—but I’d rather offer evaluative questions than give a standard response. Here are some of the questions I’d consider.

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08/19/19 Fear?

READING: Psalms 46-50, Romans 9:6-33 What frightens you? Sickness? The dark? Crowds? Storms? Dogs? Loneliness? Death? Prior to my becoming a volunteer firefighter years ago,…

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8 Reasons We Preachers and Teachers Might be More Boring than We Think

I admit that I debated whether to write this post – primarily because I might be unknowingly describing my own teaching and preaching. At the same time, I don’t want to suggest that most preachers and teachers are boring. I don’t believe that’s the case at all. My point here is to challenge all of us—beginning with me—to consider these issues/reasons as we preach and teach.

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08/17/19 Preaching to Myself

READING: Psalms 41-45, Romans 8:18-9:5 As a young preacher boy, I loved preaching the Word. I’m sure I was terrible at it, but I couldn’t…

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08/16/19 Brevity of Life

READING: Psalms 38-40, Romans 8:1-17 Suffering has a way of reminding us that life is short. In the psalmist’s lament of Psalm 39, he faced…

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