A lot of churches are used to discomfort on Sunday mornings. But it’s usually their pews causing the pain. It should be the word that unsettles you. From Will Willimon: In preaching, you’ll know it’s not the gospel if it purports to offer a formula for living with and loving Jesus without discomfort. In the …

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Don’t rush through a book by Will Willimon. (Even though he seems to produce a lot in print, especially lately) That way you delay the feeling of mild sadness that there’s no more left when you finish reading. From Leading With The Sermon, Willimon provides another proposal about how disciples of Jesus can train themselves …

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God primarily grows Christians through his word, proclaimed to his people in corporate gathering. While God’s intent is consistent, disciples of Jesus develop a capacity not just to listen, but to truly hear God’s Word. From Leading With The Sermon, Will Willimon enumerates how the Christian trains themselves to be a hearer. One of those …

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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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