At Gospel Relevance David Qaoud gathers some prayer points that he uses as he prepares and preaches. I hadn’t heard this sentiment expressed as plainly before and it struck a chord with me. That I will forget myself and be myself. I don’t want to come across as insecure or looking for approval in the …

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The prolific Will Willimon has produced a monograph based on a series of lectures about preaching. In this excerpt he points out the freedom of a preacher who serves the word, and how that service meets the true needs of the congregation far better than the congregations’ own perceptions of what they need from a …

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Growing older amplifies the reality that change is inescapable and control is something of an illusion. For disciples of Jesus it bids us recognise the difference between death and dying; that Jesus has overcome death, and that dying is only a shadow. It also bids us look to the one where certainty, comfort, and peace …

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The pastoral impulse of care and comfort and the preaching impulse to bring changing truth must be embodied together for each to be effective. Comfort without challenge results in stultifying stasis. Challenge without empathy results in thoughtless hurt. God brings the changing challenge of his word to his people primarily through one with whom they …

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